JMC Academic Chairman to Receive a 2015 Bradley Prize

JMC Academic Chairman and University of Virginia Professor James Ceaser to Receive a 2015 Bradley Prize

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee has announced that one of four 2015 Bradley Prizes will be presented to James W. Ceaser, the Harry F. Byrd Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia.

The Bradley Prize will be awarded to Ceaser at a ceremony to be held at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, June 3.  Each award carries a stipend of $250,000.

Ceaser directs the Program for Constitutionalism and Democracy at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1976, and is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.  His books include Presidential Selection,Reconstructing America:  The Symbol of American in Modern Thought, Nature and History in American Political Development, Designing a Polity:  America’s Constitution in Theory and Practice.  His work regularly appears in The Weekly Standard and the Claremont Review of Books, among other places.

From 2008 to 2014, Ceaser served as the presidential appointment to the National Archives Commission.  He has served as the academic chairman of the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History since its inception in 2004 and received the 2015 Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick Award for Academic Freedom from the Bradley Foundation for his vigorous defense of due-process rights on campus.

“Professor Ceaser is a leading scholar of American political thought,” noted Bradley Foundation president and chief executive officer Michael W. Grebe.  “He is one of our nation’s most well-respected and influential educators.”

The selection was based on nominations provided by more than 200 prominent individuals across the country and chosen by the Bradley Prizes Selection Committee.

“Through the Bradley Prizes, we recognize individuals like Professor Ceaser whose accomplishments strengthen American institutions, with the hope that others will strive for excellence in their respective fields,” Grebe said.