The Claremont Institute is happy to announce those selected as our 2012 Lincoln Fellows. Lincoln Fellowships are offered to professionals serving elected officials or appointed policy-makers in the federal government, as well as staff members of national political parties, non-profit institutions that research and publish on public policy and constitutional issues, political editorialists in the media, and State policy professionals and politicians.
Begun in 1996, the Lincoln Fellowship program now boasts over 100 alumni, a list of which may be found here. These include senior staff of United States Representatives and Senators, White House staff and speech writers, senior advisors in numerous U.S. Departments and agencies, and elected politicians.
This year the Lincoln Fellows program will be held August 3-11, in Newport Beach, California. The program features intensive seminars on the theory and literature of the American Founding, the statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln, and the rise of modern liberalism and the administrative state, all with a view to recovering constitutional government and the moral conditions of free society.
James Baehr is a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, where he serves as a Judge Advocate at Camp Pendleton. His legal experience also includes clerking for the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice. Capt Baehr graduated with a J.D. and an M.A. in Legal History from the University of Virginia School of Law. He received his B.A. in History and Government from Dartmouth College.
Eleanor Bartow is the Managing Editor of the American Enterprise Institute's The American. She previously worked as a reporter for Congressional Quarterly, focusing on homeland security issues. Ms. Bartow's writing has also appeared in The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, National Geographic News, The American Spectator, and The New York Times. She received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Virginia.
Matthew Cunningham is principal of the public affairs consultancy, Pacific Strategies. In 2004, he founded Orange County's first political blog, OC Blog. The blog quickly gained prominence, and was acquired in 2007 by Red Country to serve as the foundation for a national network of regional political blogs. Mr. Cunningham's writing has appeared all over the state of California and nationally on Politico and National Review Online, among others. He holds a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University.
Paul Dodge is a Foreign Affairs Specialist and Policy Advisor for European and NATO Missile Defense in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Among other duties, he serves as the lead U.S. representative to NATO committees on missile defense policy. He earned his M.S. in Defense and Strategic Studies from Missouri State University and his B.A. in Communications from the University of California, San Diego.
Sarah Flores is the president of Teneo, a group for young professionals dedicated to advancing conservative ideas through entrepreneurial action. She previously served as Political Director for Texans for Ted Cruz and Regional Legal Director for the 2008 Romney campaign. She also clerked for Judge Edith Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ms. Flores received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. in History and Political Science from Northwestern University.
Father Aquinas Guilbeau is a Doctoral student in Fundamental Moral Theology at the University of Fribourg, and belongs to the Dominican Order of Preachers. His interests include moral education and its relationship to patriotism and civic involvement in the United States. Fr. Guilbeau has held a research position at the University of Notre Dame, and attended classes at Fordham University and Catholic University. He holds a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, an M.A. and M.Div. from St. John's Seminary in Boston, and a B.A. from St. Joseph Seminary College in Louisiana.
Christopher Malagisi is currently the Director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC); Director of External Relations at the American Conservative Union; an Adjunct Professor at American University, where he teaches a course on the history of the conservative movement; and is President of the DC-based Young Conservatives Coalition, appearing frequently in print and on television. In 2009, Campaigns & Elections magazine gave him the 'Rising Star Award' for significant achievements in national politics. He holds an M.P.A. from Syracuse University and a B.A. in Political Science from American University.
Benjamin May is a Trial Attorney with the National Security Detainee Litigation team in the Federal Programs Branch of the Department of Justice. He serves as lead attorney for the United States Government in several habeas corpus cases brought against it by Guantanamo Bay detainees. The cases involve issues of domestic and international law relating to national security, the laws of war, and the Government's detention authority, as well as unique factual scenarios associated with terrorist tradecraft and armed conflict. As a reserve U.S. Air Force judge advocate, he deployed to Afghanistan and served as a legal advisor to Detainee Review Boards held at Bagram Air Field. Mr. May holds an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. from Emory University, and a B.A. in Political Science and American History from the University of Pennsylvania.
Brian Pawlowski is a Collections Manager at Zel Technologies, currently contracted with the Defense Intelligence Agency. He has also been a senior consultant to the U.S. Army's Counterintelligence Coordinating Authority. Mr. Pawlowski previously served as a Human Intelligence and Counterintelligence Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Carthage College.
David Reaboi is the Vice President for Strategic Communications at the Center for Security Policy. In that role, he has appeared in print, on talk radio, and in front of Members of Congress and their staffs as an expert in national security policy with an emphasis on the Middle East. He was previously a Senior Editor at Andrew Breitbart's national security website, Big Peace. Mr. Reaboi holds a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University.
Andrew Roth is the Vice President of Government Affairs for the Club for Growth. He regularly appears on television and radio shows on behalf of pro-growth policies. The Hill newspaper named Mr. Roth one of Washington's "Top Grassroots Lobbyists" (even though Mr. Roth is not a registered lobbyist). He has also written for publications such as Politico, National Review, and the New York Times. Mr. Roth received his M.A. in Economics from George Mason University and his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Kansas.
Paul Schwennesen is the Owner of Double Check Ranch in Tucson, Arizona. He has written and spoken extensively on free market environmentalism and agricultural policy in venues as disparate as FOX news, American Spectator, The Freeman and the Huffington Post. Mr. Schwennesen, a captain in the United States Air Force Reserve, served as a Foreign Area Officer, Maintenance Officer, and Acquisitions Program Manager on active duty and served a combat-zone deployment to Afghanistan. He holds a Masters of Liberal Arts in Government from Harvard University and a B.S. in History and Biology from the United States Air Force Academy.
Joseph Sternberg is an Editorial Page Writer and Business Columnist for the Wall Street Journal Asia, where he focuses on the relationship between policy and business development in Pacific countries. Before joining the Journal, Mr. Sternberg was an Editorial Writer for the New York Sun and the Managing Editor of the Public Interest. He earned his B.A. in Economics from William and Mary.