The American Political Tradition Project

A strategic venture to build a talent pipeline of scholars and academic entrepreneurs to teach America’s founding principles and history.

Driven University Scholars. Civic Education on College Campuses. Academic Excellence.

Through the American Political Tradition project, we are building the academic talent pipeline of scholars who teach the history, documents, and ideals that unite us as Americans. The Jack Miller Center plays a key role in identifying, training, and supporting dedicated scholars throughout their careers.

Over the past 20 years, this project has transformed American political thought from a struggling subfield into one of the most thriving disciplines in political science by investing in talented scholars, rigorous academic research, and campus programs for student engagement.

Teaching the American political tradition

We invest in entrepreneurial scholars who reach beyond the college classroom, from K-12 education to telling freedom’s story in the media. Here’s how our educator-centered model is transforming higher education.


The Jack Miller Center was founded to address a critical problem: the disappearance of America’s founding principles and history from our nation’s classrooms. To solve this problem, we have spent the last 20 years investing in talented, mission-aligned scholars to revive civic education on college campuses, in K-12 classrooms, and beyond.

Now, JMC Scholars are leading the civic education revival on campus, and are the primary source of talent for teaching positions in American politics, political theory, and history.



Our nationwide network of scholars is at the heart of what we do. Through the American Political Tradition Project, we bolster our network of scholars by supporting their teaching and research, aiding in the creation of new campus programs and events, and connecting them with a robust network of fellow college educators.

Meet some of the scholars who are advancing civic education in campuses around the country.



At the Jack Miller Center, we believe in the power of great teachers. Since 2004, we have supported hundreds of events nationwide to connect students and the public with great educators, researchers, and practitioners.

Learn more about our campus events around the country.


“It is no exaggeration to say that everything
I have achieved in academia has been supported or facilitated in part by the Jack Miller Center.”

Kimberly Hurd Hale

Associate Professor, Coastal Carolina University

Our programs in higher education:

The American Political Tradition Project team

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