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Gordon Dakota Arnold

Ph.D. Candidate

Kernersville, North Carolina

Curriculum Vitae


B.A. Regent University, Government, 2017

M.A. Hillsdale College, Politics, 2020

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“Studying the Puritans provides insight both into the American tradition and the political vision of the Reformation.”

~ Koty Arnold


My studies at Regent University ignited a passion for political theory. In 2017, after completing a stint in Washington and on a political campaign, I decided to pursue a career in academia. My plan is to complete the doctoral program and then work as a scholar at a Christian college.

My favorite things to research include the American political tradition and the relationship of Reformed Protestantism to politics. Fortunately, America is a land blessed with a rich history of Protestantism, so the two subjects often intersect. Studying the Puritans, for instance, provides insight both into the American tradition of localism as well as the overarching political vision of the Reformation.

Selected Publications

"Finding Unity in the Diversity: Aristotle’s Theory of Civil Harmony." Voegelin View, October 2021.

"Marcus Tullius Cicero and the Harmony Between Politics and Philosophy." Voegelin View, July 2021.

"Massachusetts Values and the Filibuster: A Short History." Law & Liberty, April 2021.

"The Democratic Impulse of the Scholars in Friedrich Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil." Voegelin View, November 2020.

"Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Immanuel Kant’s Competing Interpretations of the Enlightenment." Voegelin View, December 2020.

"Calvin Coolidge: Classical Statesman." Humanitas, a journal of the Center for the Study of Statesmanship at the Catholic University of America, Vol.32, Nos. 1-2, Spring-Fall 2019.

"It’s A Perfect Time To Rediscover The Virtues Of Andrew Jackson." Book Review of Bradley Birzer's In Defense of Andrew Jackson. The Federalist, January 25, 2019.

Research Interests

American Political Thought

Presidential Politics

Classical & Modern Political Theory

Religion & Politics

Conference Presentations

“Reformation Nation: Protestantism in the American Constitution.” Presented at Regent University 500 Conference, Virginia Beach, VA, November 2017.

“Calvin Coolidge: Classical Statesman.” Presented at Virginia Commonwealth University Academic Student Conference, Richmond, VA, April 2017. Also presented at Regent University Student-Faculty Research Conference, Virginia Beach, VA, April 2017.