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Kevin Portteus

Professor of Politics, Director of American Studies, Lawrence Fertig Chair in Politics

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Curriculum Vitae

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B.A. Political Science and Mathematics, Ashland University, 2001

M.A. Politics, University of Dallas, 2003

Ph.D. Politics, University of Dallas, 2006.

Awards, Memberships, & Fellowships

Visiting Scholar, Social Philosophy and Policy Center, 2008

Hatton W. Sumners Fellow, Hatton W. Sumners Foundation, 2005-2006

Henry Salvatori Fellow, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2003-2004

H.B. Earhart Fellow, The Earhart Foundation, 2002-2005

Publius Fellow, The Claremont Institute, 2001

Ashbrook Scholar, The John M. Ashbrook Center, 1997-2001

Courses Taught

POL 101: U.S. Constitution

POL 214: Modern Political Philosophy II

POL 302 / 502 / 741: American Congress

POL 303: American Presidency

POL 401 / 751: Statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln

POL 403: American Progressivism and Liberalism

POL 405 / 625: Modern American Regime

POL 405 / 623: Nationalism and Sectionalism

POL 597 / 625: Contemporary Institutions and Policy

POL 623: American Republic: Early Challenges

POL 746: Parties and Elections

Honors 254: Frederick Douglass


LBJ and the Great Society. Radio Free Hillsdale Hour, December 17, 2021.

Separation of Powers. Radio Free Hillsdale Hour, October 22, 2021.

The Statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln. Radio Free Hillsdale Hour, February 12, 2021.

Congress: How It Worked and Why It Doesn't. Hillsdale Dialogues, September 21, 2018.

The Kansas-Nebraska Act. Hillsdale Dialogues, July 24, 2015.

Journal Articles

"Lincoln and Douglas at Freeport: A New Look at an Old Question." Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, Vol. 114, No. 2 (Summer 2021).

"'My Beau Ideal of a Statesman': Abraham Lincoln’s Eulogy on Henry Clay." Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, Vol. 41, Issue 2 (Summer 2020).

"Sovereignty, the Law of Nations, and Immigration in the American Founding." American Political Thought, Vol. 8, No. 4 (Fall 2019).

Selected Articles

"Gibraltar vs. Hillsdale: A Modest Comparison." American Greatness, September 8, 2021.

"The Right of Revolution in the American Founding." RealClear Public Affairs, May 18, 2021.

"The American Family on the Precipice." Review of Scott Yenor, The Recovery of Family Life: Exposing the Limits of Modern Ideologies. American Greatness January 16, 2021.

"Democrats Are Trying To Engineer An Electoral Crisis In America." The Federalist, September 28, 2020.

"The War on America." The American Mind, September 2, 2020.

"Federalism in a Time of Coronavirus." The American Mind, April 21, 2020.

"The ‘Pitiless Crowbars of Events’ Are Teaching Us Again." American Greatness, March 16, 2020.

"Congress must shed reputation as our most dysfunctional institution." The Hill, October 15, 2018.

"Abraham Lincoln and the SJWs." The American Spectator, November 4, 2017.

"2016 As a Realigning Election." Law & Liberty, January 20, 2017.

"Lincoln’s Birthday Reflections." The American Spectator, February 12, 2016.

"'Our Ancient Faith:' The Peoria Speech." On Principle, February 2008.