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Who Reads Power Line?

Featured image Richard Morgan, that’s who.  Morgan is the William Nelson Cromwell professor of constitutional and international law at Bowdoin College in Maine, where he is that rarity in higher education today—he teaches undergraduates about the Constitution.  One of the untold scandals/travesties of higher education today is how fast constitutional law for undergraduates is disappearing from most political science curricula.  (There was even a panel on the problem at this year’s American »

The Power Line 100: Francis J. Beckwith

Featured image In a lecture a few months back I observed that you generally find very few conservatives in philosophy departments at American colleges and universities (as opposed to political philosophy in political science departments, where you tend to find conservatives much better represented).  There are, however, two notable and interesting exceptions to this general rule: when you do find a conservative academic philosopher, he or she (but much more often a »

The Power Line 100: Mike Adams

Featured image I’d not paid close attention to Mike Adams, professor of criminology at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, until the following account came to my attention courtesy of CollegeInsurrection.com, but after you take this in you’ll see why he belongs on the Power Line 100. Among other things (like high ratings on RateMyProfessor.com), he’s the author of Feminists Say the Darndest Things: A Politically-Incorrect Professor Confronts “Womyn” on Campus.  I »

The Power Line 100: Stephen Knott

Featured image With all of my moving I’ve fallen behind on keeping up the process of vetting professors for the Power Line 100 roster, but this week’s correspondence with Stephen Knott about the passing of Bill (“Judge”) Clark prompted me to return to my list, and lo and behold, guess who has risen to the top of it.  Stephen Knott! He is not a stranger to Power Line readers, of course.  Steve »

The Power Line 100: Alan Jacobs

Featured image It was big news last fall when Baylor University’s honors program hired Alan Jacobs away from Wheaton College, where Jacobs had been a prominent fixture as the Clyde Kilby Professor of English for nearly 30 years.  (Check out his useful home page here.)  Jacobs is much in the mold of C.S. Lewis, combining a grounding in classical thought and literature with an interest in modern writers and contemporary perspectives (especially »

Sending Off “Schrammbo”

Featured image Last night here in Ashland, Ohio (where I’m team-teaching an intensive one-week masters degree course on the Cold War with Stephen Tootle), we held a great sendoff for Peter Schramm, stepping down as director of the Ashbrook Center after two decades, and handing off the reins to the supra-capable Roger Beckett.  (We highlighted Peter in the Power Line 100 series previously.) We held an old fashioned Dean Martin-style roast, featuring »

The Power Line 100: Ben Sasse

Featured image This installment departs a little from the usual criteria for induction into the Power Line 100 Best Professors in America roster, in that we cast our spotlight on Ben Sasse, the president of Midland University in Nebraska.  Or perhaps I should say, the Weekly Standard’s Mark Hemingway casts his spotlight on Sasse, whom somehow I had never heard of before Mark’s terrifically interesting profile in this week’s issue.  Some of »

The Power Line 100: Robert P. George

Featured image Obviously Princeton’s Robert P. George was going to end up on the Power Line 100, but this seems like the ideal week to do it, since he’s in New Jersey and . . . well, there’s this U.S. Senate seat suddenly open, and if Gov. Chris Christie really wants to send an interesting message that he isn’t about politics as usual, he’d think about sending Robbie to Washington for a »

The Power Line 100: Gary Saul Morson

Featured image A reader tip brings Gary Saul Morson of Northwestern University to the list of candidates for the Power Line 100 Best Professors roster.  Morson is the Frances Hooper Professor of the Arts and Humanities and professor of Slavic languages and literature at Northwestern University, where, according to one recent profile, he is considered  “a throwback,” because “he believes his most important job is to teach undergraduates.  His Introduction to Russian »

The Power Line 100: Jonathan Adler

Featured image It’s about time we start turning our attention to law professors who belong on the Power Line 100 list, and we’ve got a long list of them.  As with the rest of the field of finalists, there is no particular order, so we’ll start with Jonathan Adler, the well-known interior designer whose baubles you can find at Bed, Bath & Beyond—no, wait, not that Jonathan Adler!  We mean the Jonathan »

The Power Line 100: Hadley Arkes

Featured image Hadley Arkes of Amherst College (since 1966!) would make the top of the Power Line 100 Best Professors list if we went either by alphabetical order or any kind of semi-objective scoring system.  Hadley is the Edward Ney Professor of American Institutions at Amherst, and is also affiliated with our friends at the Claremont Institute’s Center for the Jurisprudence of the Natural Law, whose fine blog, right-reason.org, is worth bookmarking. »

The Power Line 100: Pamela K. Jensen

Featured image One of our regrets here on the Power Line 100 selection committee is that we didn’t get Yale’s Donald Kagan into our sequence soon enough to feature him before his recent retirement, which Scott noted here the other day.  So we don’t want to slip up by letting the same thing occur with Pamela K. Jensen, professor of political science at Kenyon College, who has retired as a full-time instructor »

The Power Line 100+: A Sequel with Schramm

Featured image Herewith a second installment of my recent interview with Peter Schramm of the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, where he discusses the extraordinary effect of Harry Jaffa, how students should be approached and regarded in the classroom, and the Bowdoin report.  About 7 minutes long. »

The Power Line 100: Peter Schramm

Featured image It’s long past time to get to Peter Schramm’s place (not to say ranking, which we don’t have anyway) on the Power Line 100 Best Professors in America roster.  Schramm, born in Hungary, emigrated to the United States in the aftermath of the Hungarian revolution of 1956 because, his father told him at the time, “We were born American–just in the wrong place.”  You can read his account of the »

The Power Line 100: Jean Yarbrough

Featured image The National Association of Scholars is out today with a lengthy (359 pages and 1,159 footnotes) report about the leftward decay—“decay” is perhaps a mild word—of liberal arts at Bowdoin College in Maine.  There’s a backstory here, involving the relentlessly mediocre political correctness of Bowdoin’s president, Barry Mills, and how he caricatured a golf outing with Thomas Klingenstein (chairman of the Claremont Institute) in order to reinforce his comfortable stereotype »

The Power Line 100: Thomas Blasingame

Featured image The Power Line 100 Best Professors in America roster is necessarily going to tend toward the humanities, because it’s closer to our knowledge base and the humanities are more accessible to the general public as well as closer to the political issues that are the lifeblood of this site.  But we certainly want to sweep up distinguished professors in the sciences and technical fields, too. A reader tip directs me »

The Power Line 100: Paul A. Cantor

Featured image We’ve neglected great professors of English literature in the Power Line Best 100 Professors roster so far, but our first selection in the field, Paul Cantor, the Clifton Walker Barrett Professor of English at the University of Virginia, is so intellectually peripatetic that it risks an injustice to call him merely an “English professor.”  Narrowly you might consider him a Shakespeare specialist, but once you begin to pull back your »