The Visiting Scholars in Conservative Thought and Policy have been:

2013-2014: Steven Hayward
2014-2015: Bradley J. Birzer
2015-2016: Brian Domitrovic
2016-2017: Francis Beckwith
2017-2018: Robert Kaufman

Steven HaywardSteven Hayward (2013-4) served as the inaugural Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy in 2013-4. Dr. Steven F. Hayward is currently senior resident scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at University of California Berkeley, and a visiting lecturer at Boalt Hall Law School. From 2002 to 2012 he was the F. K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow in Law and Economics at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and he has been senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco since 1991.

“This is a bold experiment for the university and me to see whether the ideological spectrum can be broadened in a serious and constructive way”

Brad BirzerBradley J. Birzer  (2014-5) is Professor o f History and Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies at Hillsdale College, where he has served on the faculty since 1999. Dr. Birzer is co-founder of the Imaginative Conservative and a fellow of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. In 2016, Bradley Birzer won the Intercollegiate Studies Institutes’s Paoluzzi Award for his biography of Russell Kirk entitled Russell Kirk: American Conservative.

“Being a conservative has little to do with politics, but instead has much to do with identifying and preserving excellence in art, culture, literature and scholarship. It means to identify and conserve the particular talents, dignity and freedom of each individual...”

DomitrovicBrian Domitrovic (2015-6)  is Chair and Associate Professor of History at Sam Houston State University. Brian Domitrovic is author of Econoclasts: The Rebels Who Sparked the Supply-Side Revolution and Restored American Prosperity. He holds the Ph.D. in history from Harvard, where he also did graduate work in the economics department. His A.B. is from Columbia.  

[CU Boulder’s  Conservative Thought and Policy initiative] “has brought one of this country’s great intellectual traditions to the forefront of academic discussion and consideration.” 

BeckwithFrancis J. Beckwith (2016-7) was the 2016-7 Visiting Scholar of Conservative Thought and Policy at CU Boulder and Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies at Baylor University, where he also serves as Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Philosophy and Co-Director of the Program on Philosophical Studies of Religion in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR). 

“Whether one is a conservative, a liberal or a progressive, you can create your own cognitive cocoon. You can literally edit out of your life web sites, networks, radio shows, newspapers, etc. that may challenge your point of view and/or push you out of your comfort zone.”

Kaufman Robert Kaufman (2017-8) has been selected as the 2017-8 Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy. Robert is the Robert and Katheryn Dockson Professor of Public Policy at the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy. He is no stranger to the CU Boulder campus, having participated for nine years in the CU Conference on World Affairs. He has written four books, including his most recent, Dangerous Doctrine: How Obama’s Grand Strategy Weakened America. Kaufman is a former Bradley Scholar and current adjunct scholar at the Heritage Foundation. 

“I strive to combine academic rigor with intellectual curiosity, to be principled without being dogmatic, and to disagree agreeably when we do disagree even fundamentally.”