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Christina Wheatland

M.A. Student

Long Beach, California


B.S. University of Rochester, Engineering Science, 2017

B.M. Eastman School of Music, Violin Performance, 2017

“Students move from all over the country—and world—to come to Hillsdale, a small town of fewer than 10,000 people. I think this reflects the seriousness of their studies and desire for full immersion into political philosophy and American politics, inside and outside the classroom.”


Christina grew up in Southern California. She moved to Hillsdale from Colorado, where she worked as a consultant with American Philanthropic, a national strategic consulting firm working to strengthen civil society. She has also played in the violin section of the Boulder Symphony and the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra.

Conference Presentations

"The Political Community in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice: Justice and Friendship in the Commercial Republic." Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, Dallas, TX, March 2023.

Awards, Memberships, & Fellowships

Claremont Institute Publius Fellow, Summer 2021

M.A. Thesis

The Political Community in The Comical History of the Merchant of Venice: An Examination of Justice and Friendship (in progress)

Research Interests

Ancient Political Philosophy

Music in Ancient Greece

The American Founding

Selected Articles

"Regime Critics Risk Losing Tax-Exempt Status." The American Conservative, August 4, 2022.

"Do Vaccine Mandates Pose A Threat to National Security?" American Greatness, October 31, 2021.

"Charities are shock absorbers for blows to the economy. Government bailouts are not." Philanthropy Daily, April 20, 2020.