Rebuilding American Institutions

Revitalizing American Institutions

As articulated in the beginning of Herbert Hoover’s statement to Stanford University’s board of trustees in 1959, the Hoover Institution supports the Constitution of the United States, its Bill of Rights, and its method of representative government. Our fellowship remains deeply committed to these foundations of government because only in a free society grounded in the rule of law, can human beings thrive and achieve prosperity.

The American system of government is not perfect, because the founders were imperfect men. However, it’s delivered freedom to more people than any other form of government devised in human history. It is a remarkable story. The institutions are not just worth preserving, they are worth fighting for and upholding to bring about progress.

Condoleezza Rice

What our Fellows are saying

John F. Cogan

Leonard and Shirley Ely Senior Fellow

Glenn Loury

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Niall Ferguson

Milbank Family Senior Fellow

“The economic governance principles that drove American peace and prosperity should serve as guideposts to navigate the balance of the twenty-first century. If we choose to empower the individual, encourage the development and dissemination of new ideas, and ensure the fidelity of institutions to their mission, then the United States can once again be a beacon to the world.”

—Leonard and Shirley Ely Senior Fellow John Cogan and Shepard Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow Kevin Warsh in “Reinvigorating Economic Governance,” an essay for the Hoover Institution, April 2022

“We Americans, of all stripes, have a great deal in common, and our commonalities can be used to build bridges, undergirded by patriotism, between black America and the nation as a whole. We all finally want the same things. We want a shot at the American Dream. We want each generation to do better than the ones that came before it. We want to feel secure in our homes and in public. We want to live in clean and orderly communities with good services. We want the government to work for us, not the other way around. We want to be treated fairly by ­society and our institutions.”

—Distinguished Visiting Fellow Glenn Loury in First Things, January 2022

“The republic may well be in mortal danger if each of the two major parties aspires to make fundamental changes to the political system obviously designed to entrench itself permanently in power. It is especially dangerous that each side firmly believes that only the other side is trying to do this. Democracy works only when the basic rules of the game are accepted. When changing those rules becomes the central object of politics, the stakes become too high — the price of defeat too heavy.”

—Milbank Family Senior Fellow Niall Ferguson in Bloomberg, December 2021

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David Brady

Davies Family Senior Fellow, Emeritus

David Brady is the Davies Family Senior Fellow, Emeritus at the Hoover Institution and the Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science…

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John F. Cogan

Leonard and Shirley Ely Senior Fellow

John F. Cogan is the Leonard and Shirley Ely Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a faculty member in the Public Policy Program at Stanford…

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David M. Kennedy

David M. Kennedy is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History at Stanford University and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Freedom from Fear: The American…

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Justin Grimmer

Senior Fellow

Justin Grimmer is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. His current…

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Morris P. Fiorina

Senior Fellow

Morris P. Fiorina is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Wendt Family Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. His current…

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Stephen Haber

Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow

Stephen Haber is the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the A.A. and Jeanne Welch Milligan Professor in the School of…

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Amit Seru

Senior Fellow

Amit Seru is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, the Steven and Roberta Denning Professor of Finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business …

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General Jim Mattis

Davies Family Distinguished Fellow

General Jim Mattis, US Marine Corps (Ret.), is the Davies Family Distinguished Fellow, after having served as the nation’s 26th Secretary of Defense…

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Michael McConnell

Senior Fellow

Michael W. McConnell is the Richard and Frances Mallery Professor of Law and the director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School, and a…

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Brandice Canes-Wrone

Senior Fellow

Brandice Canes-Wrone is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor in the Political Science department at Stanford. Her current research…

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Terry M. Moe

Senior Fellow

Terry M. Moe is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the William Bennett Munro Professor of political science at Stanford University. He has…

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Peter Berkowitz

Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow

Peter Berkowitz is the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. In 2019-2021, he served as the Director of the…

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Jack Goldsmith

Senior Fellow

Jack Goldsmith is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law at Harvard University. From 2003 to 2004, he served…

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Paul E. Peterson

Senior Fellow

Paul E. Peterson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, a member of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, and editor in chief of Education Next: A…

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