Regular Contributors

Mark Bauerlein
Mark Bauerlein, Ph.D., teaches at Emory University. He publishes in popular periodicals such as The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Post, and Chronicle of Higher Education. His latest book is The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future.



VICTOR BROWNVictor Brown had a thirty-year career in the chemical industry with FMC Corporation, where he held senior positions and worked internationally in sales, marketing, manufacturing, information technology and procurement. In 2002 he embarked on a second career in academia, on the faculty and staff of Ursinus College, teaching in the Department of Business and Economics until his retirement in 2015. Brown has served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, consults on a regular basis for industry, and is a freelance writer.


Jonathan Butcher
Jonathan Butcher serves as senior policy analyst in the Center for Education Policy at the Heritage Foundation. He has researched and testified on education policy and school choice programs around the U.S., and his work has appeared in journals such as Education Next and the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy. He has appeared on local and national TV and radio outlets, including C-SPAN, Fox News, and HBO’s Vice News Tonight. His commentary has appeared nationally in places such as the Wall Street Journal, Education Week, National Review Online, and, along with newspapers around the country. In 2017 he was a co-recipient of the State Policy Network’s Bob Williams Award for Most Influential Research for a proposal to protect free speech on campus, alongside Stanley Kurtz of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and Jim Manley of the Goldwater Institute. Jonathan previously served as the education director at the Goldwater Institute, where he remains a senior fellow. He was a member of the Arizona Department of Education’s first Steering Committee for Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, the nation’s first education savings account program. He is also a Senior Fellow with The Beacon Center of Tennessee, a nonpartisan research organization, and a contributing scholar for the Georgia Center for Opportunity. Prior to joining Goldwater, Jonathan was the director of accountability for the South Carolina Public Charter School District, South Carolina’s only statewide charter school authorizer. Jonathan previously studied education policy at the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas and worked with the School Choice Demonstration Project, the research team that evaluated voucher programs in Washington, D.C. and Milwaukee, Wisc. Jonathan holds a B.A. in English from Furman University and an M.A. in economics from the University of Arkansas.


George LeefGeorge Leef is director of research for the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal. He holds a B.A. from Carroll College and a J.D. from Duke. He has served as book review editor of The Freeman, an educational free market magazine published by the Foundation for Economic Education, since 1997, and has published numerous articles in The Freeman, Reason, The Free Market, Cato Journal, The Detroit News, Independent Review, and Regulation.



William Murchison

William Murchison is a retired associate editor at the Dallas Morning News. He was the Radford Distinguished Professor of Journalism at Baylor University from 2002-07. In addition to having authored five books, he writes a column syndicated by Creators Syndicate. He has a B.A. in History from the University of Texas, and an M.A. in History from Stanford University.




Megan OpreaMegan Oprea, Ph.D. is a writer based in Austin, Texas. She received her doctorate in French Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin, where she taught throughout graduate school. She is a Senior Contributor at The Federalist and her writing has also appeared in The Washington Free Beacon.




Ron TrowbridgeRon Trowbridge, Ph.D. Ron Trowbridge, Ph.D. received his doctorate in English from the University of Michigan. He headed the government’s Fulbright Program–later becoming chief of staff to Chief Justice Warren Burger. He was a professor and college vice president. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.
Ashton (small)Ashton Trumble works in the Center for Higher Education at the Texas Public  Policy Foundation. A graduate of Pepperdine University, Ashton is currently pursuing a post-graduate degree in Philosophy.





WindhamJim Windham of Houston is a retired banker who serves as Chairman of the Texas Institute for Education Reform and publishes The Texas Pilgrim.






Former Contributors

FH Buckley
Frank Buckley is a law teacher and the author of several books, including The Morality of Laughter.





LindsLindsey Burkeey Burke is the Will Skillman Fellow in Education at The Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C.





Stuart Butler
Stuart Butler, Ph.D. is a Senior Fellow of Economic Studies at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.





Brandon DutcherBrandon Dutcher is vice president for policy at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, a free-market think tank.





Peter Hasson, a junior at the University of Dallas, blogs about higher education for See Thru Edu and writes for Campus Reform as a correspondent. His work has been featured by Hot Air, Fox News, and The Drudge Report, among others. Follow him on Twitter @peterjhasson




Neal McCluskey
Neal McCluskey is the director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute. He is the author of the book Feds in the Classroom: How Big Government Corrupts, Cripples, and Compromises American Education, and his writings have appeared in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun, and Forbes. He holds a Ph.D. in public policy from George Mason University.


Robert Paquette
Robert Paquette, Ph.D., a prize-winning historian, co-founded in 2007 the independent Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization in Clinton, New York.




Mary Clare Reim
Mary Clare Reim is a research associate in education policy in the Heritage Foundation’s Institute for Family, Community and Opportunity. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from College of the Holy Cross and is pursuing her master’s degree in public policy at the George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.



Jay Schalin
Jay Schalin is the Director of State Policy at the John William Pope Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.





Richard Vedder
Richard K. Vedder, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. A distinguished professor of economics at Ohio University, he is the author of several books, including Out of Work: Unemployment and Government in Twentieth-Century America (with Lowell Gallaway), Going Broke by Degree, and The Wal-Mart Revolution: How Big Box Stores Benefit Consumers, Workers, and the Economy (with Wendell Cox). He was a member of the Spellings Commission on the Future of American Higher Education. His work has appeared in a number of popular publications, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, National Review, Forbes, Business Week, and the Washington Post.