Conservative Thought and Policy Program

Visiting Scholars in Conservative Thought and Policy (VSCTP) come from academic, military, media or policy communities. They teach a load commensurate with their field and offer public lectures, public seminars and informal discussions with students and the public. While on campus, the visiting scholar brings in prominent members of the conservative intellectual community from around the country for a day at CU Boulder.

Each year, the Benson Center launches a national search for a Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy. Alan S. Kahan has been named the 2021-22 Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy and will return for fall semester 2022. 

Applications for the Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy for academic year 2023/24 are now being accepted. The Center seeks highly visible individuals who are deeply engaged in either the analytical scholarship or practice of conservative thought and policymaking, or both. Thus, applications will be welcome from the academic, policy, military, and media communities, among others. The term of the appointment is variable, with a minimum of two to a maximum of four semesters. The position begins in August of the academic year. Visiting Scholars continue a tradition of fostering intellectual diversity on the Boulder campus through the Benson Center. Interested applicants should apply through the CU Boulder job portal. Applications received by November 21 will be given full considerations. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.