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Director of the Salvatori Center

Published Articles

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Affiliated Faculty


Feltcher Jones Professor of Political Philosophy

Mark Blitz

Former Director of the Salvatori Center, he served during the Reagan administration as Associate Director of the United States Information Agency and as a senior professional member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He has also been Vice President of the Hudson Institute and has taught Political Theory at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on several boards, including the Society of Scholars at Princeton University, the Children’s Education Center of Claremont, and the Delba Winthrop Prize committee.


Associate Professor of Literature

Seth Lobis

Professor Lobis earned his B.A. and his Ph.D. from Yale. He published “The Virtue of Sympathy: Magic, Philosophy, and Literature in 17th Century England” in 2015. His areas of expertise include Milton, Renaissance literature, and Shakespeare.

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Associate Professor of Government

Michael Fortner

Professor Fortner earned his B.A. from Emory Univeristy and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard. His areas of expertise include American culture and politics, crime, criminal justice history, inequality, public policy, public administration, and race and ethnicity.


Chair of Politics, Pomona College

Susan J. McWilliams

As Professor of Politics at Pomona College, McWilliams has won the Wig Award for Excellence in Teaching three times and is an elected member of the Executive Council of the American Political Science Association. She has received the Graves Award in the Humanities, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, the Quarry Farm Fellowship from the Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies, and other awards.


Jules L. Whitehill Professor of Humanism & Ethics

James H. Nichols

Professor Nichols is also Avery Fellow at Claremont Graduate University. Educated at Yale and Cornell, he has taught at McMaster University, the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research, and Yale University, and spent a year working at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington as Associate Director of the Division of General Programs.


Associate Professor of Literature

John Pitney

Professor Pitney earned his B.A. from Union College and his M.A., M.Phil, and Ph.D. from Yale. His areas of expertise include American politics, California politics, Congress, electoral politics, the Internet & politics, media politics, national elections, political advertising, political parties, the presidency, and public policy.

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Assistant Professor of Government

Emily Pears

Professor Pears earned her B.A. in government from Claremont McKenna College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on the development of patriotic attachments and constitutional union in the American Founding and early 19th century, and she is broadly interested in questions of nationalism and political culture in American political thought.


Chair of Government

Jon Shields

Professor Shields teaches courses on contentious issues such as policing, free speech, and American culture wars. Previously, he taught at the University of Colorado and Cornell University. He is also a founding member of the Academic Freedom Alliance. He's currently co-authoring a book with Stephanie Muravchik on Liz Cheney’s Wyoming.

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