Shaun Rieley

Position: Visiting Fellow, Graduate School of Government

Shaun Rieley is a lecturer in government in Hillsdale College’s Master of Arts in government program in Washington, DC.

He earned a Ph.D. in political theory from the Catholic University of America with a dissertation on the political philosophy of St. Thomas More.  He also earned a masters degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD where he studied great books in philosophy, political theory, and literature.  As an undergraduate he studied political science at the University of Delaware.  He has taught courses in politics at the Catholic University of America.

He is also Senior Director for Advancement and Programs at the American Ideas Institute, the publisher of The American Conservative magazine.  His duties include directing the Constitutional Fellows Program, a three-month course of study in which public policy professionals, journalists, and other budding leaders in Washington, DC can learn about the historical and philosophical underpinnings of the Constitution, and explore how they relate to current policy issues.

He served as an enlisted infantryman in the Army National Guard for nine years, attaining the rank of sergeant. His service included overseas tours in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Iraq.

He is a native of Delaware, the First State, and currently resides in Maryland with his wife and two daughters.