About Jeffrey O. Nelson

Jeff Nelson is Executive Vice President for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He holds a B.A. from the University of Detroit, an M.A. from Yale University Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Prior to returning to ISI in 2009, he was president of the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. Dr. Nelson serves as vice chairman of the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal and secretary of the Edmund Burke Society of America. He is the editor of several books, including Redeeming the Time by Russell Kirk, American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia, The Political Principles of Robert Taft by Russell Kirk and James McClellan, Perfect Sowing by Henry Regnery, and Remembered Past by John Lukacs.

Ten Books That Shaped America’s Conservative Renaissance

By |2020-03-23T15:07:10-05:00March 12th, 2017|Categories: Conservatism, Economics, Edmund Burke, Eric Voegelin, Featured, Friedrich Hayek, George Nash, Ludwig von Mises, M. E. Bradford, Robert Nisbet, Russell Kirk, T.S. Eliot, The Conservative Mind, The Imaginative Conservative, Timeless Essays, Wilhelm Roepke, William F. Buckley Jr.|

If we are to know and rebuild a conservative civil social order in this country, then we need to “rake from the ashes” of recent American history the books that influenced a generation of conservative scholars and public figures, books whose message resonated with much of the American populace and resulted in astonishing political triumphs. [...]

Russell Kirk’s Imaginative Conservatism: “The Conservative Mind” at Sixty

By |2014-01-17T08:39:26-06:00October 14th, 2013|Categories: Conservatism, Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind|Tags: |

Ronald Reagan and Russell Kirk (This is one of a series The Imaginative Conservative is publishing in honor of the sixtieth anniversary of Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind. Essays in the series may be found here.) President Barack Obama’s decisive electoral victory last November caused panic in some conservative circles. Questions about the continuing relevance [...]

Robert Nisbet & The Quest for Community

By |2015-04-28T08:40:30-05:00March 9th, 2013|Categories: Books, Community, Conservatism, Robert Nisbet, TIC Featured Book|Tags: |

Featured Book: The Quest For Community, by Robert Nisbet, ranks high among the foundational works of post-war American conservatism. In it, Nisbet argued that the emergence of the “centralized territorial State” in the wake of the Middle Ages decisively impacted Western social organization. Nisbet was particularly sensitive to the rise of the “national community,” the total political [...]

Ten Books That Shaped America’s Conservative Renaissance

By |2017-03-14T09:50:28-05:00March 7th, 2013|Categories: Books, Conservatism|Tags: |

If a conservative order is indeed to return, we ought to know the tradition which is attached to it, so that we may rebuild society; if it is not to be restored, still we ought to understand conservative ideas so that we may rake from the ashes what scorched fragments of civilization escape the conflagration [...]

Ideas Have Consequences by Richard Weaver: Featured Book

By |2014-01-04T15:34:39-06:00February 25th, 2013|Categories: Books, Conservatism, Richard Weaver, TIC Featured Book|Tags: |

Ideas Have Consequences by Richard Weaver Ideas Have Consequences contributed significantly to the philosophical coherence of contemporary conservatism. Frank Meyer went so far as to say that “the publication of Ideas Have Consequences can well be considered the fons et origo (source and origin) of the contemporary American conservative movement.” For Mr. Meyer, what was adumbrated [...]

Worth the Wait: Edmund Burke

By |2014-01-31T17:25:49-06:00January 12th, 2013|Categories: Books, Edmund Burke|Tags: , |

Edmund Burke: Volume 1, 1730-1784 by F. P. Lock, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998. Thomas Copeland, the editor of The Correspondence of Edmund Burke and a central figure in Burke’s twentieth-century revival, once observed that of all the books written about Burke the most important was the work never written: his “official biography.” Unfortunately for posterity, Burke’s literary [...]

Judicial Branch Sabotages Democracy’s Framework

By |2014-01-22T11:22:14-06:00September 21st, 2012|Categories: Constitution, Supreme Court|Tags: |

Popular support for the Constitution as a mechanism capable of securing the blessings of liberty for all is on the decline. Frankly, each of our three branches of government has played a role in eroding the Constitution’s ability to maintain a nation conceived in liberty. Words like “arrogance,” “undermine,” “assault,” “trample,” even “usurp” are routinely [...]

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