Thomas G. West

Prof. Thomas G. West

Paul Ermine Potter and Dawn Tibbetts Potter Endowed Professorship in Politics, Hillsdale College

Prof. Thomas G. West holds the Paul and Dawn Potter Chair in Politics at Hillsdale College. He received a B.A. from Cornell and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University. Before Hillsdale, he taught at the University of Dallas for three decades. 

Prof. West has taught and published on a wide variety of topics, including Plato, Shakespeare, Locke, freedom of speech, contemporary liberalism, and Protestant theology in colonial America. Many of these writings are on his faculty page at Hillsdale.

His earlier book on the founding, Vindicating the Founders, responded to the typical liberal criticisms and misrepresentations of the founders’ view of blacks, women, and the poor. His latest book is The Political Theory of the American Founding: Natural Rights, Public Policy, and the Moral Conditions of Freedom.

In October, Prof. West received the Claremont Institute’s Salvatori Prize in the American Founding, presented at a Washington, DC conference on his new book.