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Paul S. Mittermeier

Alumnus, M.A. 2018

Cincinnati, Ohio

Classics Department Chair, Student Government Chair, and Rhetoric & Moral Philosophy Instructor
Classical Preparatory School
Tampa, Florida


B.A. Hillsdale College, Politics / Classical Education, 2017

M.A. Hillsdale College, Politics, 2019

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“My opportunity to study the principles and ideas foundational to the classical, Western Tradition under a uniquely distinguished faculty, all through the generosity of benefactors who care about our nation’s sovereignty and liberty, has prepared and inspired me to share these ideas with my own students, that they too may devote themselves to the task of lifelong learning.”

Recent News

Mr. Mittermeier, who oversees Classical Preparatory School’s middle and high school course offerings in logic, rhetoric, philosophy, and Latin in his capacity as Classics Department Chair, has also recently created what is likely the first Classical Quadrivium course in a K-12 charter school. In this course, which Mittermeier was excited to introduce in the 2020-2021 academic year after extensive development, seniors study the classical, Quadrivial Arts of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music, reading and dialectically discussing selections from such thinkers as Plato, Nicomachus of Gerasa, Euclid, Ptolemy, Copernicus, Galileo, Boethius, Aquinas, and Roger Scruton. Mittermeier’s aim in this course is to guide his students from the sensible to the intelligible, causing them to appreciate the beauty and order of the natural world as they can be observed in numeric harmony and proportion. Additionally, Mittermeier sits on the Founding Board of Cincinnati Classical Academy, a budding K-12 classical charter school that recently received the official backing of Hillsdale’s Barney Charter School Initiative. A lifelong Cincinnatian, Mittermeier has gladly advised and supported the advancement of classical education in his hometown through the advent of this new school.


A native Cincinnatian, Mr. Mittermeier received his Bachelor of Arts in Politics with a minor in Classical Education from Hillsdale College (‘17), where he developed a profound interest in political philosophy, the classical educational model, and the manner in which these concepts are reflected in the American Founding. This experience led Mittermeier to apply to Hillsdale’s Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship, where he attained his Master of Arts in Political Philosophy while also completing the school’s Classical School Administrator Apprenticeship. In his graduate studies, Mittermeier devoted particular attention to the philosophy of Hegel, Foucault, and the Frankfurt School, as well as the contemporary progressive rejection of the ideas of classical antiquity. These studies culminated in his master’s thesis, in which he studied Angela Davis’ and Michel Foucault’s conceptions of the function of imprisonment in dialectical historicism.


The Attica Effect: Emergent Modes of Dialectical Consciousness in Confinement and Imprisonment

Thesis Committee Chair
Dr. Kevin Slack

Research Interests

The classical, liberal education model

The Trivium and the Quadrivium
(grammar, formal and informal logic, rhetoric, the numerical arts, etc.)

Aristotelian and Thomistic philosophy

Post-1960’s liberalism

Contemporary identitarian progressivism


Assistant, Cincinnati City Councilwoman Amy Murray

Research Assistant, Open the Books: A Project of American Transparency

(Further information in resume)


French - Beginner
Latin - Reading Competency

Courses Taught

Classical Rhetoric (Grade 10)

Moral Philosophy (Grade 11)

Classical Quadrivium (Grade 12)

Senior Thesis (Grade 12 Graduation Requirement)

Volunteer Work

Founding Board Member, Cincinnati Classical Academy
February 2020 - Present

Activist, Speaker, Event Coordinator, Ohioans for Local Control
April 2014 - May 2016