James Madison Program

Dedicated to the pursuit of scholarly excellence in the fields of constitutional studies and political thought.

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Upcoming Events

After Racialism
Apr 24, 2024, 4:30 pm
Guyot Hall 10
Speech That May Cause Illegal Conduct
Apr 30, 2024, 4:30 pm
Aaron Burr Hall 219
Great Minds Matter: Western Civilization and the Liberal Arts with Ben Sasse
May 24, 2024, 11:00 am
McDonnell Hall A02

Latest News

The James Madison Program Announces 2024-25 Visiting Fellows

Each year the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions hosts scholars with established records as well as scholars who have recently received their doctorates as Visiting Fellows and Postdoctoral Research Associates. Scholars in the James Madison Program pursue their own research and writing, participate in courses, seminars…

Allen Guelzo Discusses New Book, "Our Ancient Faith: Lincoln, Democracy and the American Experiment"

On Sunday, February 4, our Thomas W. Smith Distinguished Research Scholar Allen Guelzo appeared on the Gilder Lehman Institute’s show “Book Breaks.” He discussed his brand-new book, “Our Ancient Faith: Lincoln, Democracy and the American Experiment” (Penguin Random House, 2024). You can find the recording of their conversation…

In Memoriam: Dr. Jeffrey J. Poelvoorde



The James Madison Program mourns the passing of Dr. Jeffrey J. Poelvoorde.  Jeff was a brilliant and gifted teacher.  He gave us his unrivaled talents in the classroom for five summers, co-teaching Principles of American Politics, our summer seminar for high school students, and had agreed to do…