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Casey Wheatland

Ph.D. Candidate

Ottawa, Illinois


B.A. University of Wisconsin – Madison, Political Science and History, 2016

M.A. Hillsdale College, Politics, 2018

“Hillsdale provides an education dedicated to pursuing truth and learning the first principles of our American regime.”

~ Casey Wheatland

Teaching Experience

Full-time Lecturer in Politics, Texas State University, Fall 2021 & Spring 2022

POL 202, American Political Thought, Hillsdale College, Fall 2019 & Spring 2020


As a student in the Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship, I have the wondrous opportunity to explore the most serious and fundamental elements of politics, both in theory and practice. The broad education provided by Hillsdale College equips its students with the keen frame of mind necessary to comprehend the nature of politics. One comes to understand not only the first principles of citizenship and statesmanship, but also the foundations of human excellence. It is precisely this liberal education which awakens the mind and strengthens the soul.

Upon graduation I intend to put my Hillsdale education to use by teaching political philosophy and American politics at the university level.

Awards & Fellowships

Claremont Institute Publius Fellow 2021


"Arming the Prophet: A Study of the Political Conflict between Niccolo Machiavelli and Girolamo Savonarola" (in progress)

Research Interests

Classical Political Philosophy

Machiavelli and the Renaissance

Early American Political Thought (1717-1865)

American Foreign Policy

Democracy and Statesmanship

Conference Presentations

"Alexander Hamilton on the Intricate Relationship Between Political Union and Political Economy." Presented at the Northeastern Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, November 2019.

"Alexander Hamilton on the Bond Between Political Union and Political Economy."  Presented at the American Political Science Association, Washington, DC, August 2019.

"“To Render Us a Homogeneous People”: Henry Clay’s American System and the Political Economy of a Republican Government." Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2019.

“Monarchical Slavery and Democratic Freedom: Plato’s Conception of the Mixed Regime.” Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2018.