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About The Alexander Hamilton Project at Northwestern


In partnership with the Jack Miller Center and with the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, Northwestern is part of national initiative with Yale University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the University of California-Los Angeles, with the goal of broadening undergraduate education to include a vital understanding of the origins of our national heritage.


Alexander Hamilton was a lawyer, an economist, and a statesman - a combination that embodies the Center for Legal Studies commitment to vigorous partnerships between the humanities, the social sciences, and the law. To support this mission, Susan Gaunt Stearns has been named our Alexander Hamilton Project fellow for 2013-16, offering classes and organizing programing examining the connections between the political economy of the early republic and its ramifications for our society today.



The Jack Miller Center (JMC) is a nonpartisan 501 (C) (3) public foundation dedicated to reinvigorating education in America's Founding Principles and history. The foundation works with college faculty, administrators, and donors to improve this essential education for students. The JMC's community of professors currently totals more than 600 on more than 190 campuses across the United States and includes many of our nation's leading scholars in American history and political theory. In addition, since its founding, JMC has invested in partner programs on 52 campuses, including Ivy League institutions, flagship state universities and leading liberal arts colleges. JMC is led by its founder and chairman, Jack Miller, a prominent Chicago philanthropist, and its president, Mike Ratliff (Rear Admiral, USN ret.), the former chief of Naval Intelligence. Mr. Miller and Admiral Ratliff began their efforts in higher education in 2004 and incorporated the JMC as an independent foundation in 2007 with headquarters in Philadelphia.



The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. We support research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and infinity to creativity, forgiveness, love, and free will. We encourage civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians and between such experts and the public at large, for the purposes of definitional clarity and new insights.




Upcoming Events

Legal Studies GIFLS/ABF Grad/Faculty Reading Group
February 10, 20155:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Legal Studies Meet & Greet for Students interested in the Adjunct Major
February 23, 20154:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information

For general inquiries:

Prof. Laura Beth Nielsen
Program Director
620 Lincoln #204
Winter Office Hours: 
Tuesdays 9am - 12pm

Prof. Joanna Grisinger

Director of Undergraduate Studies
620 Lincoln #201
Winter Office Hours:
Tuesdays 12pm - 2pm

Ann Kelchner

Program Assistant
620 Lincoln #206
Office Hours:
Mon-Fri 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM


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October 8, 2014