Sunday, November 29th, 2015


What is the Center?

Founded in 2009, the Center for the Study of the Principles of the American Founding is West Liberty University’s latest academic endeavor. The Center’s mission is to study the principles of the American Founding and facilitate the study of political philosophy, the Constitution, statesmanship, government, equality, and freedom as it relates to the Founding.

The Center draws attention to the relationship between freedom, virtue, equality, liberty, and political practice.  This means that the topics explored will not be strictly limited to the 18th-19th century America.

The Center examines timeless truths in an effort to understand our civic condition, and our responsibilities. To that end,  the Center will sponsor conferences, lectures, seminars, and publications.  We endeavor to host more in-depth events so that students, academics, and members of the community will be able to discuss serious topics for a day, or a weekend. These events may be organized as a colloquium with several speakers and/or panels.

By bringing in some of the most prominent academics to West Liberty, Wheeling, and the Ohio Valley, the Center will attempt to place scholars and students together to facilitate a positive academic relationship that will encourage our budding young scholars to pursue a career studying the Founding and its principles.

Update:  The Center for the Study of the Principles of the American Founding is a free standing center and welcomes donations and philanthropy.

Chair for the Center of the Principles of the American Founding

The Chair of the Center is Prof. Erik Root.  He has published two books related to the American Founding.  He is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at West Liberty University.  Root graduated from the University of Montana with a B.A. in political science in 1993.  He earned his M.A. from the same institution in 1995.  In 2006, he earned a Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate School. Please see his faculty page, linked above, for more information.

Center Scholar

This year, we gave employed two students to assist us in our endeavors.  Below is the first bio fron our student scholar:

My name is Kelsey McGuire. I am the daughter of Brian and Kimberly McGuire of Powhatan Point, Ohio. I am presently sophomore at West Liberty University, and majoring in Social Science with a Political Science concentration. After graduating from West Liberty in May of 2013, I plan on attending law school, where I can fulfill my dream of becoming a successful lawyer. I hope to one day open my own law firm. Along with maintaining a rigorous course load each semester, I am also a member of Lambda Psi Sigma, a local sorority on campus. As a member of Lambda Psi Sigma, I participate in many activities on and off campus, such as philanthropy projects for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, as well as helping local soup kitchens in the area.

Center Research Assistant

LeeAnne Yeater