The George Washington Statesmanship Program: Ideas and Applications in Politics, Philosophy & Economics

Learn to apply the timeless principles of statesmanship to our present moment

Throughout history, people of character and conviction have studied the timeless principles that built Western civilization and have applied them to the challenges of their day.

The George Washington Statesmanship Program will offer a new generation the opportunity to learn from those individuals and to discover what their insights can teach us about our current problems.

This competitive program will bring together a select group of twelve ISI alumni and young/mid-career professionals from across the U.S. with top ISI faculty.

Throughout the program, fellows will study prominent thinkers and statesmen like Aristotle, Edmund Burke, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Alexis de Tocqueville, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and of course, George Washington.

The program will also include a series of ‘modern day application’ sessions like “Civil Rights, Race, and Identity,” “America Is the World’s Technological City on a Hill,” and “From Wall Street to Our Street: Understanding the Financialization of the American Economy.”

The capstone of the program for the fellows will be a trip to Normandy to participate in the annual Tocqueville Conversations conference at Alexis de Tocqueville’s family chateau and to visit historic sights including the beaches stormed by American troops in World War II.

This is a 12 week fellowship. Sessions will take place on Tuesday evenings from February to May 2022. This program is virtual with sessions that consist of a thirty minute lecture to be watched prior to meeting. The session will consist of a ninety minute Socratic discussion with an ISI faculty member.

Applications for this program close on December 3, 2021. This is a free fellowship program; however, participants are expected to pay $500 towards their travel costs for the capstone trip to Normandy.

Featured program faculty

Josh Mitchell

Joshua Mitchell is a professor of political theory at Georgetown University. His most recent book is American Awakening: Identity Politics and Other Afflictions of Our Time. Dr. Mitchell is a Tocqueville scholar, and also serves on the steering committee of the Tocqueville Conversation conference.

Anne Bradley
Anne Bradley

Anne Rathbone Bradley is the George and Sally Mayer Fellow for Economic Education and the academic director at The Fund for American Studies (TFAS), and also delivers lectures around the country and oversees curriculum development and evaluation for economics courses. In addition, Bradley continues to teach economics courses to TFAS students and consistently receives outstanding marks in students’ post-program evaluations.

Bradley is coeditor and author of Counting the Cost: Christian Perspectives on CapitalismFor the Least of These: A Biblical Answer to Povertyand Be Fruitful and Multiply: Why Economics Is Necessary for Making God-Pleasing Decisions.

Daniel McCarthy
Dan McCarthy

Daniel McCarthy is the editor of Modern Age and and the vice president of ISI’s Collegiate Network. Previously, he served as the director of the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program at the Fund for American Studies and as editor of the American Conservative. McCarthy is a columnist for Spectator USA and has written for the New York TimesFirst ThingsUSA TodayReason, and the National Interest, among other publications. He has been interviewed on the BBC, NPR, the Fox Business Channel, and many other media outlets. An ISI alumnus, he edited an ISI Collegiate Network student newspaper as an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis.

Yuval Levin Speaker bio
Yuval Levin

Yuval Levin is the director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He also holds the Beth and Ravenel Curry Chair in Public Policy. The founding and current editor of National Affairs, he is also a senior editor of the New Atlantis and a contributing editor to National Review. Dr. Levin served as a member of the White House domestic policy staff under President George W. Bush. He is the author of several books on political theory and public policy, most recently A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream. He holds an MA and a PhD from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.

Julius Krein
Julius Krein

Julius Krein is the editor of American Affairs, a quarterly journal that “confounds settled ideological expectations,” in the words of The Week’s Damon Linker. Prior to founding American Affairs, Krein was an investment analyst at various alternative asset management firms. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the American Conservative, and other publications.

Daniel J. Mahoney
Dan Mahoney

Daniel J. Mahoney is a Senior Writer at Law & Liberty, Professor Emeritus at Assumption University, and Senior Fellow at the Real Clear Foundation. For the 2020-2021 academic year, he was the Garwood Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton University. Among his many books are Bertrand de Jouvenel: The Conservative Liberal and the Illusions of Modernity (ISI, 2005), The Other Solzhenitsyn: Telling the Truth about a Misunderstood Writer and Thinker (St. Augustine’s Press, 2014) and The Idol of Our Age: How the Religion of Humanity Subverts Christianity (Encounter Books, 2018). His latest book, The Statesman as Thinker: Portraits of Greatness, Courage, and Moderation, will be released by Encounter Books on May 10, 2022

Apply Now

Applications are due December 3rd.

To learn more about this fellowship, email Claire Aguda at caguda@isi.org.