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Samuel Lair

Ph.D. Candidate

Reno, Nevada


B.A. University of Nevada, Reno, Political Science, 2019

M.A. Hillsdale College, Politics, 2022

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“From the foundations of Western political thought to the development of the administrative state, Hillsdale College provides its students with an unparalleled survey of the American regime and Western civilization.”


Samuel grew up in Reno, Nevada, and received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Reno. Following graduation, he worked as a field organizer for the Nevada Republican Party. Prior to joining the graduate program, he worked full-time as a research associate for the Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities, a non-partisan policy institute.

Research Interests

Political Thought of Cicero

Political Thought of the American Founding and Early Republic

American Electoral Institutions

Journal Articles




"Partisan Politics and the Laws Which Shaped the First Congress." Dispatches: Podcast of the Journal of the American Revolution. July 10, 2022