Allen Guelzo Discusses New Book, "Our Ancient Faith: Lincoln, Democracy and the American Experiment"
Feb. 9, 2024

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
Dec. 29, 2023



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…

Robert P. George Awarded Barry Prize for Distinguished Intellectual Achievement
Nov. 16, 2023

Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton, has received a 2023 Barry Prize from the American Academy of Sciences and Letters (the Academy) in recognition of intellectual excellence and courage. Ten Barry Prizes were awarded by the Academy…

Madison Program Undergraduate Fellow Sam Harshbarger '24 Wins Rhodes Scholarship
Nov. 14, 2023

Congratulations to Undergraduate Fellow Samuel Harshbarger '24 on being named a Rhodes Scholar!

A native of Cranbury, NJ, Sam is concentrating in History, which is also the field he will pursue for his MPhil at Oxford in October. He is also pursuing a minor in Russian, East European and Eurasian studies, and two…

James Madison Society Members Win Excellence in Civic Education Award
Oct. 16, 2023

Each year, our friends at the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America's Founding Principles honor extraordinary instructors of America's history and founding principles with their Excellence in Civic Education Award.

This year's winners included two members of the Madison Society.

Alan Levine, 2006-07 James…

Madison Program Seeks Applications for 2024-25 Visiting Fellows
Aug. 30, 2023

The James Madison Program is seeking applications for post-doctoral fellowships and visiting faculty fellowships for the 24-25 academic year.

Each year the Program invites scholars with established records as well as scholars who have recently received their doctorates to apply for appointments as Visiting Fellows and Postdoctoral…

JMP Executive Director Brad Wilson to Retire; Shilo Brooks to Become Executive Director
Aug. 30, 2023

The Madison Program has a major announcement: our Executive Director Bradford Wilson, who for almost two decades has served our program with distinction, has announced his plans to retire.

While we will miss Brad dearly, we are excited to announce his successor, Shilo Brooks. Shilo has served admirably as our Assistant Director…

Professor George Offers Advice to Students Entering College in National Review
Aug. 28, 2023

Professor Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program, offers some advice in National Review to "conservative and religiously observant students who are entering colleges and universities in which their beliefs will place them in the minority, and perhaps make them feel like …

Princeton Principles for a Campus Culture of Free Inquiry Released
Aug. 3, 2023

In March of 2023, a group of scholars convened at Princeton University to establish a set of principles meant to revitalize free inquiry on campus. Read the Princeton Principles for a Campus Culture of Free Inquiry.

"Madison's Notes" Host Annika Nordquist Honored as One of ISI's Top 20 Under 30
July 21, 2023

Annika Nordquist, Communications Coordinator at the James Madison Program and host of the program's official podcast, "Madison's Notes," has been honored as one of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's Top 20 Under 30.

“The Top 20 Under 30 Alumni Award recognizes the incredible accomplishments of ISI alumni. Those…

In Memoriam: Harry G. Frankfurt
July 18, 2023

The James Madison Program joins the University in mourning the death of Harry G. Frankfurt, professor emeritus of philosophy at Princeton, who died in California at age 94 on July 16, 2023. Robert P. George, Director of the Madison Program, paid tribute to Professor Frankfurt as “that rarest of things in academia or anywhere else: a…

Professor George Addresses 6/29/23 Supreme Court Decision on Affirmative Action
June 29, 2023

The Supreme Court of the United States has handed down its decision in the cases of Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellow of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. University of North Carolina. These cases concern a matter on which reasonable people of goodwill are not of one mind: For the sake of…

2023 Stephen Whelan '68 Senior Thesis Prize for Excellence in Constitutional Law and Political Thought
June 1, 2023

The James Madison Program is pleased to announce the winner of the 2023 Stephen Whelan '68 Senior Thesis Prize for Excellence in Constitutional Law and Political Thought: Undergraduate Fellow Abigail Anthony, whose thesis was titled “The Republic of Drunkards: The Political Pathogenesis of Addiction and…

Robert P. George Honored for Decades of Service as Princeton's Parliamentarian
May 18, 2023

Our Director, Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, was recognized at the May meeting of the faculty of Princeton University for his more than three-and-a-half decades of service as Princeton’s official parliamentarian. It was also announced by Dean of the Faculty Gene Jarrett that Professor Frances Lee, a faculty associate of…

Undergraduate Fellow Abigail Anthony '23 Awarded Barry Scholarship
May 1, 2023

Undergraduate Fellow Abigail Anthony '23 has been awarded the John and Daria Barry Scholarship for study at the University of Oxford...