Each summer, the Claremont Institute brings together for a few weeks some of the best and brightest young conservatives in America. These Publius Fellows meet each day with Claremont Institute Senior Fellows and with distinguished visiting scholars to study American political thought and American politics. In both intensive daily seminars and relaxed and lively evening symposia, fellows discuss with public-spirited compatriots a treasure-trove of great American readings--from the Founding to the Civil War, the Progressive Era, the New Deal, the Great Society, the Reagan years, and the critical disputes between liberalism and conservatism in our time. Throughout their stay, fellows also work with editors and writers of the Claremont Review of Books to cultivate the American art of political writing.
Those accepted to the program are usually college upperclassmen, recent graduates, and graduate students who will likely distinguish themselves in the fields of scholarship, journalism, or public policy. The two-week fellowship includes a $1000 stipend, travel expenses, lodging, and meals. This year's program will be held in Rancho Mirage, California, from June 23 to July 7.
Applications for the 2007 Program will become available in December 2006.
The 2006 Publius Fellows:
Matthew Brownfield is currently pursuing a PhD in Politics at the University of Dallas. He is a Hatton W. Sumners Scholar, and has worked on numerous political campaigns at both the state and local level in Texas and Virginia. Mr. Brownfield plans to pursue a career as a university professor of American politics and ancient political philosophy.
Dan Darling holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, where he was a staff writer for the Rockhurst Sentinel. Mr. Darling is a counterterrorism consultant at the Manhattan Institute for Policing Terrorism and The Weekly Standard, and has interned at The American Enterprise Institute and the Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia of the House Committee on International Relations. Upon graduation he plans to continue work at the Manhattan Institute and continue writing for The Weekly Standard.
Patrick Devenny holds a B.A. in History and Religion from Rutgers University, and is working on an M.A. in International Affairs at American University. He was a Henry M. Jackson Fellow at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Mr. Devenny was a columnist for FrontPage Magazine and has written numerous articles on security policy for The Washington Times, The American Spectator, The Daily Star of Beirut and the Middle East Quarterly. He plans to pursue a career in public service in the area of international policy and intelligence.
Todd Fox has been at the Paul Nitze School of International Studies at Johns Hopkins University since 2004, where he is pursuing an M.A. in International Affairs. He is currently an International Trade Specialist with the Commerce Department at the Office of NAFTA and Inter-American Affairs, and team teaches a seminar in American political development at McGill University in Montreal. Todd's long term goals include continuing his career in teaching.
Carolyn Garris completed a B.A. in Spanish and Political Science at Ashland University in 2005, where she was also an intern at the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs. She taught English in Quito, Ecuador for a semester in 2004. Ms. Garris plans to continue working and writing for the Heritage Foundation, in addition to her work as program coordinator for three educational programs on American history and political thought.
Michaela Goertzen is a recent graduate of Hillsdale College where she received a B.A. in Political Science. Ms. Goertzen interned for Senator Chuck Hagel, taught English language skills and lectured on the American Founding at the Chinese Ministry of Education in Beijing, was a research assistant at the Center for International Relations, and worked on defense analysis for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Department of Defense. She has written numerous articles for The Hillsdale Forum, a student publication sponsored by the Hillsdale College Republicans. Ms. Goertzen plans to begin working for Nebraska Congressman Tom Osborne this summer and hopes to pursue work in freelance journalism.
Eliana Johnson is a recent graduate in History from Yale University. She has had internships at the Center for Individual Rights, the Middle East Forum, National Review, and the Office of Stability Operations at the Pentagon. Ms. Johnson has also published articles in the Yale Daily News, FrontPage Magazine, The New York Sun, and National Review, and plans to continue to do what she can to help the U.S. in its war with Islamic fascism.
Julius Krein is a junior at Harvard College where he is pursuing a degree in Social Studies. He has been the recipient of a John Harvard scholarship for academic excellence. He was an intern for South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson, and is currently an associate editor for the Harvard Salient. Mr. Krein is particularly interested in the study of political philosophy, and hopes to pursue a career in academia or journalism.
Jonathan Pidluzny is currently pursuing a PhD in Political Science at Boston College, and received his B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Alberta. Mr. Pidluzny's academic concentration has been on political theory and he is interested in studying the convergence of theory and politics at the American Founding. He is planning a dissertation on Machiavelli and the origins of modern political philosophy, followed by a career in academia, public service, and journalism.
Matthew Porio received a B.A. in English from Wake Forest University and an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Colorado. He will begin law school this fall. Mr. Porio previously interned at The Jersey Journal and Newsday, and is currently a reporter for the Asbury Park Press in Neptune, New Jersey. While attending the Seton Hall University School of Law, Matthew plans on continuing in journalism and shifting his focus from reporting to opinion editorials.
Ben Shapiro is a third year law student at Harvard, and previously received his B.A. summa cum laude in Political Science from UCLA. Mr. Shapiro is a syndicated columnist and public speaker, a frequent radio guest on the nation's conservative talk shows (both television and radio), and the author of two books, Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth and Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism is Corrupting our Future. In addition to continuing writing and speaking, Ben is interested in running for public office or pursuing a career in law.
Brian Smith is currently a PhD candidate in Government at Georgetown University, where has been awarded Mellon, H.B. Earhart, and Humane Studies Fellowships. He received his M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown and his B.A. in History from UCLA, where he published in the undergraduate journals Quaestio and Westwind. Brian also has a forthcoming article in Polity, and plans to pursue a teaching career in academia while pursuing work in opinion journalism.
Jonathan Swanson is a recent graduate of Yale University, where he earned his degree in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. Mr. Swanson is Co-Founder and National Director of Students for Saving Social Security, has interned for the U.S. Representative for Minnesota, Jim Ramstad, Senator Norm Coleman, The Heritage Foundation, and The White House. He has written on the subject of Social Security for The Club For Growth. Jonathan plans to pursue a career in public service in the area of economic policy.
Joseph Tartakovsky is assistant editor of the Claremont Review of Books and a staff member of the Claremont Institute. He received a B.A. in Global Studies and Slavic Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2004. He is also a contributing editor at Victor Davis Hanson's Private Papers. Joseph hopes to continue a career in political journalism.