Charles R. Kesler 2018 Bradley Prize Recipient

Charles R. Kesler is a Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute, Editor of the Claremont Review of Books, and the Dengler-Dykema Distinguished Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College.

Dr. Kesler also teaches in the Claremont Institute’s annual Publius and Lincoln Fellows Programs. From 1989 to 2008, Dr. Kesler was director of the Henry Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World at Claremont McKenna College. From 2000 to 2001, he served as vice chairman of the Advisory Committee to the U.S. Congress's James Madison Commemoration Commission.

In 2017, Dr. Kesler was named as one of the “Politico 50” - the publication’s annual list of the key thinkers, doers and visionaries who are reshaping American politics and policy.In 2000, he was selected as a member of the Scholars Commission on the Jefferson-Hemings Issue sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society.

Dr. Kesler is the author of I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism; the editor of Saving the Revolution: The Federalist Papers and the American Founding; co-editor, with John B. Kienker, of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Ten Years of the Claremont Review of Books; and co-editor, with William F. Buckley, Jr., of Keeping the Tablets: Modern American Conservative Thought. He has written extensively on American constitutionalism and political thought, and his edition of The Federalist Papers is the best-selling edition in the country.

Dr. Kesler received his B.A. in Social Studies and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University. His work appears frequently in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Post, Claremont Review of Books, National Review, Real Clear Politics, and The Federalist.

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