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Kai Weiss

M.A. Student

Regensburg, Germany



B.A. University of Applied Sciences Regensburg, International Relations & Management, 2019

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“When looking for graduate schools, Hillsdale was immediately at the top of my list as one of the few schools that looks at the permanent and enduring principles of Western Civilization.”


Kai grew up in Regensburg, Germany, where he also pursued his undergraduate studies in International Relations and Management. Since then, he worked in several roles around Europe, including in the European Parliament and as a researcher at the Austrian Economics Center. He is a board member of the Friedrich A. v. Hayek Institute in Vienna, Austria, and a Don Lavoie Fellow at the Mercatus Center. His writing has been published in outlets such as The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Express, and conservative blogs such as Law & Liberty, The American Conservative, and Public Discourse. In his spare time, Kai can be found either hiking in the mountains, reading Catholic theology and history, and watching Chicago Bears football.


Frédéric Bastiat Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University, 2022

Don Lavoie Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University, 2021

Summer Writing Fellow, America's Future Foundation, 2020

Civitas Dei Fellow, Thomistic Institute, 2019

Research Interests

Christian Politics and Social Teaching

Austrian Economics


European Politics

Recent Publications

"St. Angela, Savior of the World." Review of Kati Marton, The Chancellor. Law & Liberty, August 9, 2022.

"Does Classical Liberalism Have a Future?" Review of Peter J. Boettke, The Struggle for a Better World. Law & Liberty, March 15, 2022.

"The Forgotten Teachings of Luigi Taparelli." The Public Discourse, February 28, 2022.

"Are People Made for Freedom?" Austrian Economics Center, February 7. 2022.

"Viktor Orbán: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?" Law & Liberty, September 15, 2021.

"Austrian Economics for the Lower Classes," with Scott B. Nelson. Law & Liberty, September 1, 2021.

"A 40-Year-Old Warning on How Humanity’s ‘Unbound Confidence’ in Science Can Undermine Reason—and Lead to Collectivism." Foundation for Economic Education, August 25, 2021.

"What Pope Francis Teaches Us about Free Markets." The Public Discourse, April 29, 2021.

"Lessons from the Christian Democrats," with Nathaniel Bald. Law & Liberty, April 21, 2021.