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


Founded in 1957 by the great writer and thinker 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, Peter Augustine Lawler became the sixth editor in the journal’s distinguished history. Dr. Lawler is an acclaimed author, scholar, teacher, and commentator. He is the Dana Professor of Government at Berry College, the author or editor of eighteen books, and a frequent contributor to National Review Online, the Weekly StandardNational Affairs, the New Atlantis, and other publications. Dr. Lawler served on President George W. Bush’s Council on Bioethics. In 2007 he received the Weaver Prize for Scholarly Excellence.

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.



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