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Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, PhD Biography

Former US Permanent Representative to the United Nations
Pro to the question "Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?"

“Nothing but liberal prejudice can prevent some distinguished Democrats (which most historians are) from discerning the extraordinary achievements of Ronald Reagan. I mention just two: his crucial role in rebuilding American and Western military strength after a period of Western decline and Soviet expansion, and his great success in demonstrating the superiority of free markets and free societies over socialism — especially, but not only, Marxist socialism. His leadership in these achievements strengthened peace and expanded freedom.

This is a president whose deliberate policies produced seven years of economic growth…after Democratic economists said that was impossible.”

“‘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:
  • Former Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI)
  • Chair, US Delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, 2003
  • Leavey Professor, Georgetown University, 1967-1980, 1986-2002
  • Syndicated Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 1986-1997
  • Member, Defense Policy Review Board, 1985-1993
  • Chair, Commission on Fail Safe and Risk Reduction, US Department of Defense, 1990-1992
  • Member, President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, 1985-1990
  • Recipient, Presidential Blue Ribbon Commission on Nuclear Products, 1985-1987
  • Recipient, Presidential Commission on Space, 1985-1987
  • Recipient, Medal of Freedom, 1985
  • US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, 1981-1985
  • Education:
  • PhD, Comparative Politics, Columbia University, 1968
  • MA, Political Theory, Columbia University, 1950
  • BA, Barnard College, 1948
  • Other:
  • Died on Dec. 7, 2006
  • First woman to serve as US Permanent Representative to the United Nations
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?