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Thomas J. Tacoma

Alumnus, Ph.D. 2019

Hudsonville, MI

Assistant Professor of History & Political Science
Blue Mountain College, Blue Mountain, Mississippi

(662) 685-4771 x-235

Curriculum Vitae


B.A. Hillsdale College, American Studies, 2012
M.A. Baylor University, History, 2014
M.A. Hillsdale College, Politics, 2016
Ph.D. Hillsdale College, Politics, 2019


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“One of the best qualities of Hillsdale’s graduate program is its faculty – they are almost always available to talk, to provide support and mentoring, and to give useful feedback. More than once when I was on the job market, several faculty members came to my practice teaching demonstrations and provided me with incredibly helpful guidance for my job search.”

Recent News

New Book:

New Article:

  • “The Political Thought of Calvin Coolidge,” forthcoming in The Coolidge Quarterly.

New Courses Developed:

  • Nineteenth Century Europe (Spring 2020)
  • The Roman Empire (Fall 2020)
  • Twentieth Century Europe (Spring 2021)


Dr. Thomas Tacoma is an assistant professor of history and political science at Blue Mountain College and the author of The Political Thought of Calvin Coolidge: Burkean Americanist. Tacoma earned his PhD from Hillsdale College’s Van Andel School of Statesmanship in 2019, where he earned honors for his dissertation on Coolidge. He lives with his wife and four children in Mississippi – a state he had never visited before a job interview brought him there in the spring of 2019!

Awards, Memberships, Fellowships, & Grants

  • Mississippi Humanities Teacher Award, Blue Mountain College, Spring 2020.
  • Academic honors: Doctoral dissertation and defense, 5 March 2019.
  • Calihan Travel Grant, awarded by the Acton Institute, June 2018.
  • American Political Science Association 2018 Travel Grant, awarded June 2018.
  • Hayek Fund for Scholars Travel Grant, awarded by the Institute for Humane Studies, May 2018.
  • Institute for Humane Studies Ph.D. Scholarship, awarded for the Fall of 2016.
  • John W. Galbraith Graduate Scholarship (Van Andel Graduate School), awarded for academic years 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19.
  • Guittard Fellowship (Baylor University), awarded Fall/Spring 2012-2013.
  • Russell Kirk Scholarship in American Studies (Hillsdale College), awarded academic years of 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.

Books, Select Articles, and Select Book Reviews

  • “Calvin Coolidge and the Great Depression: A New Assessment.” The Independent Review 24, Number 3 (Winter 2019/20): 361-380.
  • “The Place of Christian Religion in the American Founding,” a review of Mark David Hall’s Did America Have a Christian Founding (2019) for the Public Discourse:
  • “Does the Right Have a Future: Assessing the Conservative-Libertarian Debate,” a review of Nikolai Wenzel’s and Nathan Schlueter’s Selfish Libertarians and Socialist Conservatives: The Foundations of the Libertarian-Conservative Debate (2017) for Public Discourse:



"The Statesmanship of Civilization: The Political Thought of Calvin Coolidge"

Dissertation Committee Chair
Dr. R.J. Pestritto

Research Interests

  • American constitutionalism
  • American political thought
  • Politics and religion
  • American presidents
  • The American founding era


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