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Nicholas Callaghan

Ph.D. Candidate

Chicago, Illinois

Director, Academy for Science & Freedom, Hillsdale College


B.A. Benedictine College, Accounting, 2017

M.A. Hillsdale College, Politics, 2022

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“If the purpose of an education is to form the soul, then much of higher education has indeed strayed away from this. My goal and hope is to restore, in some way, this goal within higher education.”


Nicholas Callaghan grew up in Illinois, graduating from Benedictine College cum laude with a major in Accounting and minor in Economics. He worked for a few years in the greater Washington, D.C., area in accounting and finance before realizing he wanted to return to academia.

Conference Presentations

"The Party’s Over: Rebuilding Strong Political Parties." Presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Philosophy & Letters, College Park, MD, June 2023.

"Citizen or Subject: The Political Teaching of More’s Richard III as illumined by More’s Latin Epigrams."  Presented at the annual meeting of the Center for Thomas More Studies, Dallas, TX, November 2021.

Dissertation (in progress)

"The Party’s Over: An Examination of City Machines as Party Institutions"

Research Interests

Natural Law

American Progressivism and Liberalism

Politics, Faith & Culture

American Political Parties & Congress


Ancient Greek