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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


As a student at Regent University, I gained a deep passion for political philosophy and the American political tradition. My graduation in 2017 left me with the desire to pursue a career in academia and to build a life as a professor and educator. Upon the completion of Hillsdale College’s Ph.D. program, I hope to gain a job at a Christian college and to instill students with the same love of American politics and political philosophy that have so enriched my own life.

As a scholar, I am most interested in the American political tradition, the Founding Constitutional Conservatism, the Progressive Movement, Presidential Politics, and Christian political philosophy. A key theme of my research and writing involves the frequent intersection between Christianity and politics in the American political tradition. Because America is a land blessed with a great Christian heritage, it is a subject of which I believe I will never fully exhaust or grow weary.

Conference Presentations

“The Trinitarian Community of Jonathan Edwards.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, South Bend, IN, April 2022.

“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.

Awards, Memberships, & Fellowships

Cotton Mather Fellowship, Summer 2022

Philadelphia Society Future of Freedom Fellow, 2022-2023

Selected Publications

"Farewell to Roe." American Reformer, June 2022.

"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