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Prominent Alumni

Developing principled leaders for sixty years

Since 1953 ISI has helped shape leaders in every corner of American life. Here is just a small selection of principled leaders to have come through ISI’s leadership development programs.

Prominent Alumni

Samuel Alito
Samuel Alito
U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Samuel Alito

U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Reagan National Security Advisor
Richard Allen

Richard V. Allen

Reagan National Security Advisor

Richard V. Allen is an international business consultant in Washington, D.C., and Senior Counselor to APCO Worldwide, Washington. He is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University, and is a Member of the Advisory Board, Center for Strategic & International Studies, Washington; a Member of the Board of Trustees of The Intercollegiate Studies Institute; a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a Member of the Advisory Board, The Nixon Center, Washington; an Honorary Fellow in Politics and Fellow of St. Margaret's College at The University of Otago, New Zealand; and Co-Chair of The U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. From 2001-2007, he was a Member of the Defense Policy Board, Department of Defense, which advises the U. S. Secretary of Defense.

During the first year of the Reagan Administration he served as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) and was Mr. Reagan's Chief Foreign Policy Advisor from 1977 to 1980. He was Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States and Deputy Executive Director of the Council on International Economic Policy, The White House. In 1968 he was Chief Foreign Policy Coordinator for the campaign of Richard Nixon, and was appointed by the President as Senior Staff member of the National Security Council.

Mr. Allen holds BA and MA degrees from the University of Notre Dame, and studied at the Universities of Freiburg and Munich in Germany. He has received honorary doctorates from Pepperdine University, Hanover University, and Korea University. He was Senior Policy Advisor to the 1976, 1980, and 1984 Republican Platform Committees, and directed the International Cooperation Fund's 1984 and 1988 political convention activities. He has been a member of the Republican National Committee's Advisory Council on National Security and International Affairs, as well as Chairman of its Subcommittee on Intelligence. He has published numerous books and articles including National Security: Political, Military and Economic Strategies in the Decade Ahead (1963); East-West Trade: Its Strategic Implications (1964); Peace or Peaceful Coexistence? (1966); Democracy and Communism: Theory and Action (1967); The Yearbook on International Communist Affairs (1969); and other policy writings appearing in national and international newspapers, journals and national magazines. His major areas of interest include national security and foreign policy, trans-Atlantic relations, Asia, international trade and economic policy.

He is a frequent commentator and panelist on national network public policy programs in this country and abroad, and lectures widely at academic and civic institutions and events. He and his wife, Patricia Mason Allen, have seven children and twenty-two grandchildren. They live in Denver, Colorado and The Gibbston Valley near Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand.

Ney Professor of Jurisprudence, Amherst College
Hadley Arkes

Hadley Arkes

Ney Professor of Jurisprudence, Amherst College

Dr. Hadley Arkes is Edward Ney Professor of Jurisprudence and American Institutions at Amherst College. He was Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Arkes is also known to a larger audience as a writer for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Commentary, Crisis, and The National Review.

Dr. Arkes received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and had authored five books including: Bureaucracy, the Marshall Plan, and the National Interest, The Philosopher in the City, First Things, Beyond the Constitution, and The Return of George Sutherland , all published by Princeton University press.

President, Hillsdale College
Larry Arnn

Larry Arnn

President, Hillsdale College

Larry Arnn is President of Hillsdale College. Dr. Arnn is on the board of directors of The Heritage Foundation, the Henry Salvatori Center of Claremont McKenna College and The Claremont Institute. Dr. Arnn is also a professor of politics and history at Hillsdale. He teaches courses on Aristotle, Winston Churchill and the American Constitution. Arnn was an ISI Weaver Fellow at Claremont Graduate School.

Elizabeth Bramwell
Elizabeth Bramwell
Former President, Bramwell Growth Fund
Elizabeth Bramwell

Former President, Bramwell Growth Fund

Matthew Continetti
Matthew Continetti
Editor in chief, Washington Free Beacon
Matthew Continetti

Matthew Continetti

Editor in chief, Washington Free Beacon

Ann Coulter
Ann Coulter
Bestselling Author, Columnist
Ann Coulter

Bestselling Author, Columnist

Tyler Cowen
Tyler Cowen
Economist, bestselling author, New York Times columnist
Tyler Cowen

Tyler Cowen

Economist, bestselling author, New York Times columnist

Ross Douthat
Ross Douthat
New York Times Columnist
Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat

New York Times Columnist

Founder, The Heritage Foundation
Edwin Feulner Jr.

Edwin J. Feulner Jr.

Founder, The Heritage Foundation

Edwin J. Feulner is Former Chairman of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and Former President of the Heritage Foundation, Washington’s leading public policy organization. In 1989 President Reagan conferred the Presidential Citizens Medal on him as "a leader of the conservative movement."

Dr. Feulner was a consultant for Domestic Policy to President Reagan and a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellows. He has also served as the Executive Director of the Republican Study Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives; United States Representative to the United Nations Second Special Session on Disarmament (with the rank of Ambassador) where he delivered the final United States address to the General Assembly; and also served on the Executive Committee of the Presidential Transition during the transition from the Carter administration to the Reagan administration.

He currently serves as Treasurer and Trustee of The Mont Pelerin Society; Member of the Board of the National Chamber Foundation; member of the Board of Visitors of George Mason University; a Trustee of the Acton Institute and the International Republican Institute. Dr. Feulner has also received degrees and honorary degrees from universities all over the world including Pepperdine University, and University of Edinburgh, where he received his Ph.D. He is the author of five books, has contributed to ten others, and has a weekly column that appears in major newspapers nationwide.

Mike George
Mike George
President, QVC
Mike George

President, QVC

McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University
Robert George

Robert P. George

McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University

Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. He has received the Presidential Citizens Medal, the Bradley Prize for Intellectual and Civic Achievement, and the Canterbury Medal of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is a member of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom and has served on the President’s Council on Bioethics and the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Professor George holds degrees from Swarthmore, Harvard, and Oxford, as well as many honorary degrees. A regular guest on television and radio and a frequent contributor to popular and scholarly publications, he is the author of Conscience and Its Enemies and The Clash of Orthodoxies and coauthor of What Is Marriage? and Embryo: A Defense of Human Life.

Stephen Hayes
Stephen F. Hayes
Senior Writer, Weekly Standard
Stephen Hayes

Senior Writer, Weekly Standard

Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine
Steven Hayward

Steven Hayward

Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine

Steven Hayward is senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy and fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Laura Ingraham
Laura Ingraham
Bestelling Author, Nationally Syndicated Radio Host
Laura Ingraham

Bestelling Author, Nationally Syndicated Radio Host

Jonathan Karl
Jonathan Karl
ABC News Senior White House Correspondent
Jonathan Karl

ABC News Senior White House Correspondent

William Kristol
William Kristol
Editor, Weekly Standard
William Kristol

Editor, Weekly Standard

John Lehman Jr.
John F. Lehman Jr.
Reagan Secretary of the Navy; Chairman, J. F. Lehman & Company
John Lehman Jr.

John F. Lehman Jr.

Reagan Secretary of the Navy; Chairman, J. F. Lehman & Company

Richard Lowry
Rich Lowry
Editor, National Review
Richard Lowry

Rich Lowry

Editor, National Review

Katherine Mangu-Ward
Katherine Mangu-Ward
Editor in Chief, Reason
Katherine Mangu-Ward

Editor in Chief, Reason

Professor of Government, Harvard University
Harvey Mansfield

Harvey C. Mansfield

Professor of Government, Harvard University

Dr. Mansfield is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Government at Harvard University. He has held Guggenheim and NEH Fellowships and been a Fellow at the National Humanities Center. One of America's leading political theorists, his books include Machiavelli's Virtue, Taming the Prince, America's Constitutional Soul, and The Spirit of Liberalism.

Eugene Meyer
Eugene Meyer
President, The Federalist Society
Eugene Meyer

President, The Federalist Society

Ramesh Ponnuru
Ramesh Ponnuru
Senior Editor, National Review
Ramesh Ponnuru

Senior Editor, National Review

Joseph Rago
Joseph Rago
Pulitzer Prize Winner, Wall Street Journal
Joseph Rago

Pulitzer Prize Winner, Wall Street Journal

David Sacks
David O. Sacks
Founder, Yammer
David Sacks

Founder, Yammer

Antonin Scalia
Antonin Scalia
U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Antonin Scalia

U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Dean, Hillsdale College
Matthew Spalding

Matthew Spalding

Dean, Hillsdale College

Matthew Spalding is Associate Vice President and Dean of Educational Programs for Hillsdale College in Washington, D.C. He is best-selling author of We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future (ISI Books, 2009), and co-author of A Sacred Union of Citizens: George Washington's Farewell Address and the American Character (Rowman & Littlefield, 1996).

Heath Tarbert
Heath Tarbert
U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
Heath Tarbert

U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Treasury

Terry Teachout
Terry Teachout
Author, Wall Street Journal Drama Critic
Terry Teachout

Terry Teachout

Author, Wall Street Journal Drama Critic

Peter Thiel
Peter Thiel
Paypal Cofounder
Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel

Paypal Cofounder

Chief speechwriter to President George W. Bush, columnist
Marc Thiessen

Marc A. Thiessen

Chief speechwriter to President George W. Bush, columnist

Marc A. Thiessen is a columnist for the Washington Post, a New York Times bestselling author, and a Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. The Daily Telegraph named him one of the "100 most influential conservatives in America." Thiessen had a fifteen-year national security career that took him from Capitol Hill to the Pentagon to the White House, where was chief speechwriter to President George W. Bush. He is a graduate of Vassar College, where he began his writing career with ISI's Collegiate Network of independent student publications.

Laura Vanderkam
Laura Vanderkam
Author; USA Today Contributor
Laura Vanderkam

Author; USA Today Contributor