Published on: June 7th, 2024

Student Spotlight | Angela Swinson, Graduate School of Government

Meet Angela Swinson, the Senior Government Relations Coordinator at the Conservative Partnership Institute.

Angela shares her experience at Hillsdale’s Van Andel Graduate School of Government: “When I first started the Hillsdale in D.C. program, I felt like I was in unfamiliar territory. I had a very basic understanding of philosophy and had not read much of the classic works of the major Western philosophers. I knew the facts of the Founding, but I never fully grasped what made it unique or why it made America so exceptional.

With the help and encouragement of my professors, as I immersed myself in the coursework and discussions, I began to gain a deeper understanding of the material and of the principles that have shaped our nation’s history. The program not only expanded my knowledge of philosophy and political history but also challenged me to grow in my faith and to improve my ability to defend what I believe.”

We’re so grateful to have students like Angela a part of our Graduate Program.

You can find more information on our School of Government M.A. program here.

About Hillsdale in D.C.

Hillsdale in D.C. is an extension of the teaching mission of Hillsdale College to Washington, D.C. Its purpose is to teach the Constitution and the principles that give it meaning. Through the study of original source documents from American history—and of older books that formed the education of America’s founders—it seeks to inspire students, teachers, citizens, and policymakers to return the America’s principles to their central place in the political life of the nation.

About Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College is an independent liberal arts college located in southern Michigan. Founded in 1844, the College has built a national reputation through its classical liberal arts core curriculum and its principled refusal to accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies, even indirectly in the form of student grants or loans. It also conducts an outreach effort promoting civil and religious liberty, including a free monthly speech digest, Imprimis, with a circulation of more than 5.7 million. For more information, visit