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George H. Nash, PhD Biography

Senior Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal
Pro to the question "Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?"

“As the 1980s recede into history, three achievements of Ronald Reagan loom larger. In a time of dangerous drift and malaise, he restored Americans’ sense of self-confidence and greatness. He transmuted American conservatism from theory to practice, undermined the intellectual pretensions of long-regnant liberalism, and decisively shifted the paradigm of political discourse for the rest of the 20th century. Above all, he mobilized the resources — rhetorical, military, and diplomatic — that put Soviet communism on the road to extinction. As time passes, Reagan’s stature rises — a sure sign that he will be remembered as one of our most successful and important presidents.”

“‘There You Go Again’: Liberal Historians and the ‘New York Times’ Deny Ronald Reagan His Due” by Alvin Felzenberg, Policy Review, Mar.-Apr. 1997

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to US presidential history. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to US presidential history.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Fellow, Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal
  • Associate, Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, Grand Valley State University, 2004-present
  • Member, National Association of Scholars
  • Member, Coolidge Memorial Foundation
  • Member, Churchill Centre
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Modern Age
  • President, Philadelphia Society, 2006-2008
  • Member, National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS), 1987-1990
  • Education:
  • PhD, History, Harvard University, 1973
  • Graduated, summa cum laude, Amherst College, 1967
  • Other:
  • Recipient, Richard M. Weaver Prize for Scholarly Letters, Ingersoll Foundation, 2008
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?