Woodhouse Public Policy Fellowship

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Fellows explore post-war conservative thought and how thinkers like F.A. Hayek, Russell Kirk and Frank Meyer attempted to resolve the tensions between freedom and order in public policy.  The program will place a particular emphasis on the post-war conservative philosophy of fusionism and its relationship to both the American Founding and contemporary policy challenges.

<span style='font-weight: 700; font-style: normal; font-family: "Open Sans", sans-serif;'>Kayla Bartsch</span>
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The TFAS Public Policy Fellowship, unlike other professional development programs offered in D.C., is particularly excellent at forming true community and offering real mentorship. 
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- Kayla Bartsch

2023-24 Woodhouse Fellow

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The Woodhouse Public Policy Fellowship offers a unique blend of networking, professional development, and rigorous academic discussions. The 2024-25 curriculum includes:

  • Monthly Discussions: Engage with public policy experts, academics, and political leaders in Washington, D.C., on topics including F.A. Hayek’s "The Constitution of Liberty," the political philosophy of William F. Buckley Jr. and Wilhelm Röpke’s "Humane Economy."
  • Fall Retreat: Travel to Mecosta, Michigan, to delve into the American political tradition at the ancestral home of Russell Kirk. Discussions will focus on Kirk’s influential work, “The Roots of American Order,” exploring his perspectives on order and virtue in American society.
  • Winter Retreat: Visit the halls of liberty in Philadelphia to examine the enduring relevance of The Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers in debates surrounding the American republic .

Join us to deepen your understanding of the conservative intellectual tradition and its application to current policy challenges, and to build lasting connections with fellow professionals dedicated to shaping the future of public policy.

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As a Public Policy Fellow, I had the opportunity to better understand how the ideas of great thinkers such as Russell Kirk or F.A. Hayek apply to the very real problems our republic faces. I felt like I finished the fellowship much more deeply rooted in conservative thought.
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- Michael Lucchese

2022-23 Woodhouse Fellow

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President and CEO, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies

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Founding Chairman, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

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TFAS Senior Scholar

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George and Sally Mayer Fellow for Economic Education and TFAS Vice President of Academic Affairs

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Professor of Political Science in the Honors Program & Director of Baylor in Washington, Baylor University

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Senior Editor, Reason

Matthew Continetti

Director of Domestic Policy Studies, AEI

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Mitch McConnell Chair in Leadership & Director of the McConnell Center,  University of Louisville

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Director of the Ford Leadership Forum, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation

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Friedrich Hayek Chair in Economics and Economic History, American Institute for Economic Research

<span style='font-family: "Open Sans", sans-serif; font-weight: 700; font-style: normal;'>Clara Johsens</span>
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While there are many professional development opportunities in DC, TFAS’s programming truly stands out. The intimate size of the cohort lends itself to very comfortable discussion and debate, and I was pleasantly surprised at the access we had to impressive speakers.
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- Clara Johsens

2022-23 Woodhouse Fellow

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Orientation & Welcome Reception

Thursday, September 19, 2024

6-8:30 p.m.

Opening Speaker Event

Friday, September 20, 2024

4-6:00 p.m.

Fall Retreat

October 17-20, 2024

Russell Kirk Center, Mecosta, Michigan

Winter Retreat

February 7-9, 2025

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Closing Dinner

May 13, 2025

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Monthly discussions in Washington, D.C., with public policy experts, academics are held on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

November 19, 2024

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