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“Required reading for those who want to engage conservative thought at a high level.”
Wilfred M. McClay, author, scholar, professor

Modern Age, founded by conservative luminary Russell Kirk in 1957 and operated by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, takes what may be the most high-toned approach to politics.”
Washington Post

Founded in 1957 by the great Russell Kirk, Modern Age is the forum for stimulating debate and discussion of the most important ideas of concern to conservatives of all stripes. It plays a vital role in these contentious, confusing times by applying timeless principles to the specific conditions and crises of our age—to what Kirk, in the inaugural issue, called “the great moral and social and political and economic and literary questions of the hour.” 

In 2017, as Modern Age celebrated its sixtieth anniversary, Daniel McCarthy became the seventh editor in Modern Age’s history, succeeding Peter Augustine Lawler, who passed away unexpectedly in May.

McCarthy is an accomplished editor and writer. He engineered a remarkable turnaround during his six years as editor of The American Conservative, and he has the talent, experience, and vision to make Modern Age the preeminent forum for conservative debate and discussion. 

McCarthy is director of the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program at the Fund for American Studies. From 2010 through 2016 he served as editor of The American Conservative. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, The Spectator, the National Interest, Reason, Modern Age, and other publications. McCarthy has been interviewed on NPR, the BBC, Fox Business, and many other outlets. As an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis, he edited a student newspaper sponsored by ISI’s Collegiate Network.

Modern Age is published by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute thanks to the generous contributions of loyal supporters, including the Earhart Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Eskridge.

Manuscript submission guidelines:
Essays should not exceed 5,000 words, and book reviews 2,000 words; notes should be formatted as endnotes and kept to a bare minimum. Authors should submit their work as ­MS Word attachments to emails and are encouraged to consult with the editor at before formal submission of unsolicited material.

Poetry submission guidelines:
Send up to five poems in a single Word or .pdf file to Please include email and postal address and a brief cover letter within the file.

All other inquiries:



Editor Daniel McCarthy
Managing Editor Anthony Sacramone
Literary Editor Samuel Goldman
Poetry Editor James Matthew Wilson
Executive Editor Jed Donahue
Senior Editor Jeff Nelson
Publisher Charlie Copeland