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Matthew Berry is an adjunct instructor in political science at Grove City College. He has written on a variety of subjects, including Christianity and politics, religion and the Alt-Right, equity and the rule of law, and on Locke’s critique of the natural law. He is currently working on a book-length study of Aristotelian statesmanship. He has taught courses on ancient and modern political philosophy, Constitutional Law, Christian political thought, and liberal democracy at Boston College, the College of the Holy Cross, and Grove City College. Dr. Berry holds a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University (Class of 2010) and a doctorate from Boston College (2016). He lives in Grove City with his wife (Dr. Sarah Berry, an assistant professor in the English department) and his three children: Daniel (4), John (2), and Margaret June (brand new).

Rachel Bovard is the senior director of policy at the Conservative Partnership Institute. Beginning in 2006, she served in both the House and Senate in various roles including as legislative director for Senator Rand Paul. She also served as director of policy services for The Heritage Foundation. Her policy analysis and punditry appear weekly in American Greatness, as well as the Washington Examiner, the The Hill, Real Clear Politicsthe Federalistthe Daily Signal and Conservative Review, among others, and she frequently appears on radio and television, including on MSNBC, CNBC, Fox & Friends, Fox Business, EWTN, One America News Network, and National Public Radio.  Along with CPI’s Chairman, Sen. Jim DeMint, she is the co-author of Conservative: Knowing What to Keep. Born and raised in Dansville, NY, she received her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude from Grove City College in 2006. She also holds a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University.

Anne Rathbone Bradley is vice president of Economic Initiatives at the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, where she develops and commissions research toward a systematic biblical theology of economic freedom, a visiting professor at Georgetown University and she also teaches at The Institute for World Politics and George Mason University. Bradley has worked on income inequality from both an economic and biblical perspective and the political economy of terrorism.

Robert H. Clemm is an associate professor of strategy at the eSchool for graduate PME as part of the Air Education Training Command at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. In 2012, Clemm received his doctoral degree from The Ohio State University. His dissertation, “Delineating Dominion: The Use of Cartography in the conquest, conception, and control of Eastern Africa,” is a trans-national comparative study of the use of cartography by Germany and England in Eastern Africa from 1844–1914. He is currently turning this work into a manuscript with the University of Nebraska Press. Before starting his position at Maxwell in 2018, he served as an assistant, then associate professor of history at Grove City College where he taught courses in Modern European, African, and Military History.

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Michael L. Coulter is a professor of humanities and political science at Grove City College. His academic specialties are American government and political theory. A co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Teaching, Social Science and Social Policy (Scarecrow Press, Volumes 1 and 2, 2007; Volume 3: Supplement, 2012), Coulter has also authored chapters for Church-State Issues in America Today (Praeger, 2008) and Catholic Social Teaching: American Reflections on the Compendium (Lexington Books, 2008), and has contributed to several reference works, including the Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court and Movies in American History. Coulter graduated from Grove City College and obtained his master’s degree and doctorate in politics from the University of Dallas.

Marvin J. Folkertsma is a retired chairman of the political science department and professor of political science at Grove City College. He is the author of several non-fiction and fiction books, including Ideology and Leadership, a novel titled The Thirteenth Commandment, and Criminal Intent (a novelized version of a true event). He is also co-author of Agony of Survival, an account of displaced persons in Germany after World War II. This book was an alternate selection of the Jewish Book Club and was nominated for the National Jewish Book Award. He is a frequent contributor of opinion-editorial essays. As a member of the military, Folkertsma was specially invited to the Freedoms Foundation Awards Ceremony in 1971 at Valley Forge to receive The George Washington Honor Medal. He received his bachelor’s degree from Calvin College and both his master’s and doctorate from Wayne State University.

Peter M. Frank is Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, and professor of economics at Grove City College. His research focuses on social entrepreneurship, economic development, comparative political economy. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2012 at the Academy of Economic Studies in Chisinau, Moldova, and his teaching and research there focused on economic development in a transitioning economy. Frank received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Grove City College, his master’s degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a doctorate from the School of Public Policy at George Mason University.

Caleb S. Fuller is an assistant professor of economics at Grove City College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Grove City College and his doctorate in economics from George Mason University. He has published papers in Public Choice, the International Review of Law and Economics, the Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, the Review of Austrian Economics, and other journals. His current research interests include the political economy of entrepreneurship, organizational economics, and the economics of privacy.

Mark W. Graham is a professor of history at Grove City College. Graham has graduate degrees in history from Michigan State University (PhD) and the University of South Carolina (master’s degree) and has held teaching appointments at Stanford University and the Yanbian University of Science and Technology. He is the author of News and Frontier Consciousness in the Late Roman Empire (University of Michigan Press, 2006), coauthor of Ancient Empires: From Mesopotamia to the Rise of Islam (Cambridge University Press, 2011), and is currently working on a book project preliminarily titled “Antiquity in the American Imagination” (Taylor & Francis / Routledge).

Mark W. Hendrickson is a retired adjunct professor who has taught economics, entrepreneurship, international business, sociology, and Spanish at Grove City College. He is also a fellow for Economic and Social Policy with the Institute for Faith & Freedom. The author of hundreds of articles, many published in prominent news outlets both at home and abroad, Dr. Hendrickson is a contributing editor of The St. Croix Review and selfeducatedamerican.com and is a regular contributor to The Epoch Times. His most recent books are Problems with Piketty: The Flaws and Fallacies in ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century,’ and an e-book, The Big Picture: The Science, Politics and Economics of Climate Change.

Paul C. Kemeny is a professor of religion and humanities at Grove City College and dean of the Calderwood School of Arts and Letters. He is the author of The New England Watch and Ward Society (Oxford University Press, 2018), “Princeton in the Nation’s Service: Religious Ideals and Educational Practice, 1868-1928” of the Religion in America Series (Oxford University Press, 1998), co-editor of American Church History: A Reader (Abingdon Press, 1998), editor of Faith, Freedom, and Higher Education: Historical Analysis and Contemporary Reflection (Pickwick Press, 2013), and editor of Church, State, and Social Justice: Five Views (InterVarsity Press, 2007). Kemeny received his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University, his master’s from Westminster Seminary, a master’s from Duke University, and his doctorate from Princeton Seminary.

Paul G. Kengor is a New York Times best-selling author and professor of political science at Grove City College. He is also chief academic fellow of the Institute for Faith & Freedom and a visiting fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. As a presidential historian known for his scholarship on the Cold War, communism, and Ronald Reagan, Kengor’s opinion editorials have appeared in the nation’s leading print and online publications, and he is a frequent commentator on top-rated radio and television news programs. Kengor received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, his master’s degree from American University’s School of International Service, and he holds an honorary doctorate from Franciscan University. A native of Western Pennsylvania, he lives with his wife in Grove City, Pennsylvania, along with their eight children.

Glenn A. Marsch is a professor of physics at Grove City College. He is a molecular biophysicist who uses spectroscopic methods to study DNA damage, carcinogenesis, and pharmacology, research he pursued in a 2013 sabbatical at Vanderbilt University. Marsch helped develop Grove City College’s medical physics minor and teaches courses in radiation oncology and diagnostic imaging. He came to Grove City College in 2004 to help develop the course studies in science, faith, and technology, and previously taught for eight years at Union University. He recently contributed a chapter to Christian Higher Education: Faith, Teaching, and Learning in the Evangelical Tradition (Crossway, 2018). He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and a doctorate from Florida State University.

Joshua A. Mayo is an assistant professor of English at Grove City College and a faculty member of the writing program. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Grove City College (2010), his master’s in English from the University of Mississippi, his master’s in literature from the University of Dallas, and his doctorate in literature from Dallas’ Institute for Philosophic Studies . Joshua’s academic passion is the recovery of liberal arts learning through literature and composition.

Michael Medved hosts a daily talk radio show and podcast that combines politics and pop culture, history and values. He is also a New York Times best-selling author of 14 nonfiction books–most recently The American Miracle: Divine Providence in the Rise of the Republic, and its follow-up God’s Hand on America: Divine Providence in the Modern Era. In this series, Michael describes astonishing incidents in which luck, nature, or some higher power seems to intervene on behalf of the United States. An honors graduate of Yale, he also attended Yale Law School and has worked as both a political speechwriter and Hollywood screenwriter. He is a member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors and his pieces appear frequently in the Wall Street Journal and Commentary. Michael has lectured for religious, political, and academic audiences in all 50 states and six Canadian provinces. He’s been married to Dr. Diane Medved, clinical psychologist and best-selling author, for 34 years. They are the parents of three grown children and grandparents of the two most remarkable little girls on God’s Green Earth.

Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., O.P., is a research assistant professor in the Busch School of Business at The Catholic University of America, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, and the Executive Editor of The Stream. Richards is author or editor of more than a dozen books including the New York Times bestsellers Infiltrated (2013) and Indivisible (2012), and Money, Greed, and God, winner of a 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award. His newest book is Eat, Fast, Feast: Heal Your Body While Feeding Your Soul. He is also creator and executive producer of several documentaries, including three that have appeared widely on PBS. Richards’ articles and essays have been published in The Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Washington Post, Forbes, Fox News, National Review Online, The Hill, Investor’s Business Daily, Washington Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Huffington Post, The Federalist, The American Spectator, The Daily Caller, and many other publications.

Shawn R. Ritenour is a professor of economics at Grove City College. He has served as an economist for the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. He is the author of the book Foundations of Economics: A Christian View (Wipf and Stock, 2010) and editor of The Mises Reader (The Ludwig von Mises Institute, 2016) and The Mises Reader Unabridged (The Ludwig von Mises Institute, 2016). Ritenour earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern College and a doctorate in economics from Auburn University.

Gary S. Smith retired in 2017 after teaching for 39 years at Grove City College, chairing the History Department and coordinating the humanities core. He was recently granted the title of Emeritus Professor, the first time in College history that the honor has been bestowed. He is a fellow for Faith & Politics with the Institute for Faith & Freedom. Smith has authored or edited 12 books, including Religion in the Oval Office: The Religious Lives of American Presidents (Oxford University Press, 2015) and Suffer the Children: What We Can to Do to Improve the Lives of the World’s Impoverished Children (2017), co-authored with his wife Jane Smith. His latest book is A History of Christianity in Pittsburgh (2019). He is currently a parish associate at Saint Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, North Carolina. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Grove City College, a master’s degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a master’s and doctorate in American history at Johns Hopkins University.

John A. Sparks is the retired dean of the Alva J. Calderwood School of Arts & Letters at Grove City College. He is a fellow with the Institute for Faith & Freedom and a regular contributor of opinion editorials on U.S. Supreme Court developments. Sparks has been named an H.B. Earhart Foundation Fellow, an R.C. Hoiles Fellow, a Chavanne Fellow, and has received the prestigious George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Sparks is a graduate of Grove City College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and received his juris doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School.

Caleb A. Verbois is an assistant professor of political science at Grove City College and an affiliated scholar at the John Jay Institute. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Oglethorpe University and both his master’s and doctorate from the University of Virginia (2011). Caleb came to Grove City College in the fall of 2014 after teaching at Regent University for three years. His academic focus is in the American founding and the development of American political institutions and development over time, especially the presidency.

Lewis Waha is a freelance writer and independent researcher defending Christianity in the public square. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis, and a master’s degree in Christian Apologetics at Biola University (2016). He presented on Rawls and natural marriage at the Evangelical Philosophical Society Eastern Conference and has written for Apologetics Canada and the Institute for Faith & Freedom. He curates his work at The Civil Apologist. His current research interest is in pluralism, fairness, and rhetoric in liberal societies.

Alex Welch is a graduate student at the University of Virginia. He recently defended his dissertation, Rise of the Tariff Man: Donald Trump’s Conquest and Ideological Redefinition of the Republican Party. Alex currently works as a graduate research assistant at UVA’s Miller Center in their Presidential Oral History Program, and as a Teaching Assistant for courses in the Politics and Media Studies Departments at UVA. He will be graduating in May with his Ph.D. in Government. A 2013 Grove City College alum, Alex worked as a Koch Research Fellow under Dr. Paul Kengor and was a leader in Life Advocates and College Republicans. He and his wife Brynn (’13) live in Orange, VA with their three beagles.

Morgan Zegers is the founder of Young Americans Against Socialism, a 501c3 non-profit organization that enlightens young Americans to the dangers of socialism using social media. Zegers is also the owner of Zegers Freedom Flags, a small woodworking business that creates and sells handcrafted wooden American flags across the country. In 2018, Zegers was the Republican candidate for New York’s 113th Assembly District, running on a platform of transparency, lower taxes, and support for upstate businesses to counter Governor Andrew Cuomo’s radical and corrupt administration. Zegers has appeared on Fox News, BBC World News, CNN, Vice News, and more to discuss the growing support for socialism in her generation and engaging young women in politics. She is also a frequent speaker at events and college campuses around the country, focusing on common-sense steps we can take to combat her generation’s embrace of socialism.

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