About

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I am the Executive Director of the Center for Politics and Governance at the University of Texas at Austin.

The views on this blog are my own.

Here are my past affiliations:

Special Assistant for Domestic Policy to President George W. Bush; Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy to Indiana Governor Mike Pence; Nonresident Transatlantic Fellow, the German Marshall Fund; Senior Fellow, Legatum Institute in London; Adjunct Professor, Indiana University; Adjunct Fellow and Research Fellow, Hudson Institute; Nonresident Scholar, Baylor University’s Institute for Religion.; American Editor, ConservativeHomeUSA; Distinguished Fellow for Economic & Fiscal Policy, the Sagamore Institute; and policy advisor to Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith

My writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, National Review, The Weekly Standard, Washington Post, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Fox News, CNBC, Investors Business Daily, New York Daily News, The American, New Geography, Christian Science Monitor, and others. I once had a regular column in my hometown paper, the Indianapolis Star. I’ve also shown up on CNBC, Fox Business, Fox News, the BBC, Sky News, al Jazeera, and a bunch of radio shows. Oh, and you can probably find some scintillating appearances deep in the CSPAN archives from my Washington days.

I’ve authored a book, co-authored two others, and edited a fourth. I’ve got another short book, Aspiration Nation, in the works.

I did my Ph.D. in philosophy at Emory University, where I focused on David Hume’s political, moral, and economic thought – and Scottish Enlightenment thought in the same areas more generally. To help pay for some of that graduate school work, I drove an 18-wheeler around the country.

To get to know me, you can skim through my writings here.