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Michael Driscoll

Ph.D. Candidate

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania


B.A. Ave Maria University, Humanities and Liberal Studies, 2017

M.A. Hillsdale College, Politics, 2019

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“There is an invaluable intellectual heritage in the West; I want to soak it all up, and, hopefully, contribute to it myself.”

~ Michael Driscoll


What drew me to Hillsdale's graduate program was the approach to Politics. We are trained both in the study of political philosophy and of American Politics. From the former, we come to understand the nature of politics, as well as its ultimate goal: the promotion of human happiness. From the second, we become familiar with the founding fathers’ vision for a nation that could “secure the Blessings of Liberty” for their children and ours. We do this through a careful study of the principles and institutions of the American Founding and the ways they have been altered. My colleagues and I are prepared to be effective teachers and professionals who can aid in the recovery of the first principles of just government.  

After graduation, I hope to teach either at the university level or at a K-12 classical school. God willing, I will be able to pass on what I have learned and encourage my students to love knowledge and virtue in spite of a culture that extols ignorance and vice.


“Could They Be Happier?:” John Locke and the Relationship between Happiness, Morality, and Government (in progress)

Research Interests

History of Political Philosophy

Early Modern Political Philosophy

American Politics and Political Thought

Catholic Political Thought

Statesmanship of St. Thomas More

Conference Presentations

"'Nine Parts of Ten:' Man’s Malleable Character and the Importance of Good Education." Presented (virtually) at the Association of Core Texts and Courses, April 2021.

"The Complicated Orestes Brownson." Presented (virtually) at the Midwest Political Science Association, April 2021.

"The Philosopher's Disguise: A Reflection on the Purpose of Poetry in Plato's Republic." Presented at the Association of Core Texts and Courses, Santa Fe, NM, April 2019.