The Jack Miller Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to reinvigorating education in America’s founding principles and history, an education vital to thoughtful and engaged citizenship.
We support professors and educators who share our mission, offering programs, resources, fellowships, and more to help them teach our nation’s students—from high school through college.
We pledge ourselves to building and sustaining an organization that honors and promotes the following principles:
- Fidelity to the vision of the Declaration of Independence and to achieving that vision through the U.S. Constitution
- Dedication to educating coming generations in the principles underlying America’s personal, political, and economic freedoms
- Steadfast support of scholars and educators devoted to teaching America’s history and founding principles
- Uncompromising protection of donor intent
- Commitment to the hard work necessary to achieve success
We aim to help provide coming generations the opportunity for an education grounded in a commitment to the values of liberty and equal opportunity. It’s with this goal in mind that JMC works to:
|Build a community of professors committed to this education. Professors will be the engine for change, increasing student access to courses and other learning opportunities. JMC Summer Institutes, postdoctoral fellowships, regional events, such as our Jeffersonian Seminars, along with programs and panels at national conferences, allow us to expand and deepen our relationship with these professors.|
|Develop a network of partner programs that will sustain this work on individual campuses. As the number of partner programs grows, we can leverage their impact through a networking effect, as professors find opportunities to collaborate and advance this vital education and scholarship.|
|Conduct national programs that no individual professor or campus would be able to do alone. These include the Constitution Day Initiative, the American Political Thought Journal, and the annual National Summit on Higher Education.|
|Support a community of donors with research and services that allow them to invest in this higher education intelligently and with an expectation of doing good and achieving their individual goals.|
The Jack Miller Center is non-partisan and non-sectarian. Our programs maintain the highest intellectual standards, and we engage a broad range of scholars and donors who simply share a belief that our national life is enriched by an education aimed at informed civic participation.
Jack Miller meets at the University of Chicago with 50 professors from campuses across the country to discuss the lack of civic education at the undergraduate college level.
Pilot projects launched to strengthen education in America’s founding principles and history, including our first Miller Summer Institute held at Princeton University in 2005.
Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History incorporated as a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) charity with a community of 125 professors and eight campus partner programs.
JMC establishes an academic advisory council comprised of leading scholars in political science and history.
Postdoctoral fellowship program launched to offer more courses on American history and political thought to college students and to help new scholars gain experience to be competitive in the academic job market.
JMC and Liberty Fund facilitate book placements for JMC partner programs on campuses to provide collections of books on American history and political thought for use by students.
Chicago Initiative launched to foster collaboration between area faculty and colleges to strengthen civic education in the Chicago region.
JMC scholars present papers at our first Fellows Conference in 2009 on American political thought at Georgetown University, later leading to a new college textbook and several peer-reviewed articles published in major academic journals.
JMC supports the American political thought related group at the American Political Science Association (APSA), establishing panels at APSA conferences to enrich teaching and research for scholars. First panel is held.
JMC partners with Roosevelt University to host our first summer High School Teachers Academy, helping prepare teachers to educate their students on the
history and principles of the American Founding.
JMC launches the Constitution Day Initiative, helping colleges provide substantive programming on Constitution Day, Sept. 17, engaging thousands of students across the country in historical and contemporary constitutional issues.
JMC partners with the Huntington Library for a two-year collaborative research project on the roles of science, religion and politics in shaping the American Founding.
University of Chicago Press and University of Notre Dame in partnership with JMC, launch "American Political Thought," an academic journal providing a much-needed venue for scholarly work devoted to the subject.
JMC conducts first Jeffersonian Seminar in Chicago as part of a series that fosters faculty collaboration and develops academic communities in specific regions around the country, strengthening our national network.
JMC launches the Commercial Republic Initiative, a national project to enrich the study of the institutions and ideas that have shaped America’s scientific, legal and economic order at leading universities around the country, from MIT to UCLA.
JMC hosts 10th annual Miller National Summit on Higher Education, bringing together professors from campuses around the country to focus on practical steps to advance education in American political thought and history.
Opportunity Fund established to help expand carefully selected campus programs with the most potential for success, including Yale, Penn, University of Wisconsin–Madison, and UVA.
JMC has built a national community of more than 800 professors on hundreds of campuses across the country and has helped to launch or grow 58 major campus programs dedicated to advancing education in America’s founding principles and history.
JMC expanded its work to the high school level to ensure that students receive a much-needed foundation in American history and politics to guide their civic participation.
After three years of work in Chicago, surveys of all government teachers found that their use of Abraham Lincoln’s writings had increased by 46%, the Federalist Papers by 17%, and other writings by the Founders by 25%.
With the launch of the Partner Program Initiative, JMC set a goal of adding 55 new campus programs within five years.
JMC joined two other leading civic education organizations, the Ashbrook Center and Bill of Rights Institute, to form the American Civics and History Initiative to help teachers cultivate the next generation of citizens.
In August 2021, JMC reached a major milestone with a record 1,000+ fellows that have participated in our programming. These like-minded scholars teach on campuses across the nation.
Jack Miller, along with a team of academic and nonprofit foundation experts, began working with scholars in 2004 in response to mounting evidence that college graduates— the future leaders of our country—lacked the knowledge of America’s founding principles and history necessary to be informed and engaged citizens. The Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History became an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) operating foundation in October 2007. In 2010 the IRS granted the Jack Miller Center advanced ruling as a public charity. Today, there are more than 1,000 JMC Fellows at over 300 college campuses across the country.