Richard Samuelson

Position: Associate Professor of Government

Richard Samuelson is an Associate Professor of Government at Hillsdale College’s Washington, D.C., campus.  Dr. Samuelson is an historian of the American founding and of American politics and constitutional thought.  He graduated from Bates College and received his MA and PhD in American history from the University of Virginia.  Dr. Samuelson taught at California State University San Bernardino from 2007 to 2022. He was the 2009-2010 Garwood Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s James Madison Program.

Dr. Samuelson has written extensively on John Adams and on the Adams family of Massachusetts, and on the constitutional politics of the founding more largely.  His work also connects the founding with more contemporary issues, with a particular focus on religious liberty, and the challenge the modern American state, and contemporary civil rights laws present to religious liberty.

His essays and reviews have appeared in The Review of Politics, The William and Mary Quarterly, Commentary, The Claremont Review of Books, The Public Interest, National Review, and other publications.  He has also contributed many essays and reviews to such online publications as Mosaic, Law and Liberty, Realclearpolitics, and other platforms.