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Paul Kengor is nationally and internationally known as a scholar on Ronald Reagan, the Reagan presidency, faith and the presidency, the Cold War, and the communist movement. He is also known as a faithful Catholic scholar, speaker, and commentator. Though correctly recognized as a conservative, Kengor publishes in both conservative and liberal/mainstream sources as well as in both popular and academic ones. He has published prolifically in small and large newspapers, websites, refereed academic journals, and university presses. 
Kengor is a New York Times best-selling author and professor of political science at Grove City College, a four-year, private Christian liberal arts college in Grove City, Pennsylvania. He is executive director of The Center for Vision & Values, a Grove City College think-tank/policy center. He is also a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. He is often quoted in major publications, from USA Today to the Los Angeles Times to the Chronicle of Higher Education to the Washington Post to the Associated Press, not to mention foreign publications ranging from the Irish Times to Pravda. His articles have appeared in numerous publications from across the ideological spectrum: the New York Times, New York Post, National Review, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Times, USA Today, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Roll Call, Weekly Standard, Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, Christianity Today, World magazine, National Catholic Reporter, National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, Jewish Press, Jewish World Review, International Herald Tribune, Manchester Union Leader, and others. He has published major articles in top refereed, scholarly-academic journals, such as Political Science Quarterly and Presidential Studies Quarterly.
Kengor has done work for many think tanks, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Heritage Foundation, and the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy, and has served on the editorial board of Presidential Studies Quarterly, the flagship academic publication on the presidency. He is nationally known for his work on the American presidency. In 2009, he was one of a select group of presidential scholars to participate in C-SPAN’s prestigious, highly regarded ranking of American presidents, a follow up to C-SPAN’s popular 2000 survey. The four-person advisory team to the survey consisted of Douglas Brinkley, Richard Norton Smith, Edna Medford, and Harvey Mansfield.
Kengor received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and his master’s degree from American University’s School of International Service. He holds an honorary doctorate from Franciscan University (Steubenville, Ohio), where he was the commencement speaker in May 2009.
Kengor frequently surprises liberals. For instance, in one of his most recent books, The Communist, Kengor writes about a mentor to Barack Obama, Frank Marshall Davis, who, as Kengor shows at length, was a formal and committed member of Communist Party USA. In frequent talk-shows in which he discussed the book, Kengor refused to call Obama a communist, noting that “The Communist in The Communist is Frank Marshall Davis, not Barack Obama.” He has also refused repeated attempts to endorse the theory that Frank Marshall Davis was Barack Obama’s real biological father, a theory popular in some conservative circles and pushed by one conservative documentarian. Kengor also surprises liberals by his fairness in drawing careful lines of distinction between liberals, progressives, socialists, communists, and other elements of the left. In his interviews and public speeches, he urges conservatives not to exaggerate and lump together liberals and communists. He insists that “such hyperbole does a disservice not only to civil discourse but to the truth.”
Kengor is a frequent contributor to MSNBC, C-SPAN, NPR, PCN-TV, EWTN, and FoxNewsChannel, and is regular columnist for Townhall and the American Spectator. He has appeared on many TV shows, including “Hannity & Colmes,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Tony Snow Live,” “Fox & Friends,” the “700 Club,” and “Scarborough Country.” He has done hundreds of radio-talk shows, including the shows of Sean Hannity, Diane Rehm (NPR), Michael Reagan, Warren Olney (NPR), Glenn Beck, Janet Parshall’s America, Truths that Transform with D. James Kennedy, Dennis Praeger, Michael Medved, G. Gordon Liddy, Linda Chavez, Kresta in the Afternoon, Jim Quinn, Stand to Reason with Greg Koukl, and Laura Ingraham. Hosts like Rush Limbaugh have discussed his work on air. He does a regular commentary for three nationally syndicated radio programs: American Radio Journal, Moody Broadcasting, and Ave Maria Radio Network / CatholicExchange.com.
Kengor is a frequent public speaker. His past venues include the National Presbyterian Church, the Reagan Library, the National Press Club, the U.S. Capitol Building, the Commonwealth (Pennsylvania) Prayer Breakfast, the Heritage Foundation, the Gerald R. Ford Library, the Witherspoon Fellowship Program, among many others. He has also spoken at many colleges, including the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, the College of William & Mary, Eureka College, the Ave Maria College School of Law (Ann Arbor, MI), Calvin College, Franciscan University, Regent University, Claremont McKenna College, Saint Vincent College, Patrick Henry College, the University of Pittsburgh, Drexel University, DePaul University, Wabash College, and more.
He is author of several books including "11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative," God and Ronald Reagan, God and George W. Bush, God and Hillary Clinton, and co-editor of The Reagan Presidency: Assessing the Man and His Legacy. In 2007 he completed The Judge, an authorized biography of former Reagan confidant and National Security Advisor William P. Clark, Jr..
His book The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mentor, was published in 2012 and presents his theory that Frank Marshall Davis, an activist writer and journalist during the 1940s, was working for the Communist Party USA and was a mentor and significant influence on the political outlook of Barack Obama.
- "11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative."
- The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism. New York: Regan Books, 2006. ISBN 978-0-06-113690-0
- The Judge: William P. Clark, Ronald Reagan's Top Hand. with Patricia Clark Doerner. Ft. Collins, CO: Ignatius Press, 2007. ISBN 1-58617-183-6
- God and Hillary Clinton: A Spiritual Life. New York: Harper, 2007. ISBN 978-0-06-113692-4
- Dupes: How America's Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century. Wilmington, Del: ISI Books, 2010. ISBN 978-1-935191-75-9
- The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mentor. Mercury Radio Arts Publishing, 2012. ISBN 978-1451698091
- with Peter Schweizer. The Reagan Presidency: Assessing the Man and His Legacy. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005. ISBN 978-0-7425-3415-5
- Interview with Paul Kengor in frontpagemag.com.The Communist. Frank Marshall Davis: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor. July 18, 2012. Accessed August 28, 2012.
- Simon and Schuster official author page
- Paul G. Kengor, Ph.D. page at the Center for Vision and Values
- Articles By Paul Kengor, American Thinker