Thomas G. West

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Thomas G. West
Alma materCornell University
Claremont Graduate University
EmployerHillsdale College

Thomas G. West (born 1945) is an American academic. He is a professor of Politics at Hillsdale College, and the author of three books.

Early life[edit]

West was born in 1945. He received his B.A. from Cornell University in 1967 and his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University in 1974. He served in the Vietnam War as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1969-70.


West taught at the University of Dallas from 1974 to 2011.[1] Since 2011, he has been a professor of Politics at Hillsdale College.[2]

West was Bradley Resident Scholar at the Heritage Foundation in 1988-89, and Salvatori Visiting Scholar at Claremont McKenna College from 1990-92. He is a director and Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute, which has supported and publicized his research. He has translated, with Grace Starry West, Plato's Charmides, Euthyphro, Apology of Socrates, and Crito, as well as Aristophanes' Clouds. He has also published Vindicating the Founders, an analysis and defense of American political thought in the founding of the United States in the 18th century.

West supported Donald J. Trump during the 2016 presidential election.[3]

Selected works and appearances[edit]


  • The Political Theory of the American Founding: Natural Rights, Public Policy, and the Moral Conditions of Freedom (Cambridge University Press, 2017)
  • Vindicating the Founders: Race, Sex, Class, and Justice in the Origins of America (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 1997; paperback edition, 2001)
  • (author and translator) Plato's "Apology of Socrates": An Interpretation, with a New Translation (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1979)

Edited volumes[edit]

  • (co-edited with Ronald J. Pestritto) Modern America and the Legacy of the Founding (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2006).
  • (co-edited with Ronald J. Pestritto) Challenges to the American Founding: Slavery, Historicism, and Progressivism in the Nineteenth Century (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2004).
  • (co-edited with Ronald J. Pestritto) The American Founding and the Social Compact (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2003).
  • (editor and introduction) Algernon Sidney, Discourses Concerning Government (Indianapolis: Liberty Classics, 1990; revised edition 1996).
  • (co-edited with John E. Alvis) Shakespeare as Political Thinker (Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 1981; revised and expanded edition, Wilmington, DE: Intercollegiate Studies Institute Books, 2000).

Public appearances[edit]


  1. ^ "Dr. Thomas G. West". University of Dallas. Archived from the original on March 23, 2010. Retrieved 18 Dec 2010.
  2. ^ "Dr. Thomas G. West". Retrieved 30 Sep 2011.
  3. ^ Troy, Tevi (November 6, 2016). "Why Some Intellectuals Are Breaking for Trump". Politico. Retrieved February 18, 2018.

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