Dr. Matthew Spalding is associate vice president and dean of educational programs for Hillsdale College in Washington, D.C., where he oversees the operations of the Kirby Center and Hillsdale’s various academic and educational programs in the nation’s capital.
He received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in government from the Claremont Graduate School. In addition to teaching at Hillsdale, he has taught at George Mason University, the Catholic University of America, and Claremont McKenna College.
Dr. Spalding is the best-selling author of We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future, and is the executive editor of The Heritage Guide to the Constitution, a line-by-line analysis of each clause of the U.S. Constitution. His other books include A Sacred Union of Citizens: Washington’s Farewell Address and the American Character; Patriot Sage: George Washington and the American Political Tradition; and The Founders’ Almanac: A Practical Guide to the Notable Events, Greatest Leaders & Most Eloquent Words of the American Founding.
Prior to joining Hillsdale, Dr. Spalding was the vice president of American studies at The Heritage Foundation, and founding director of its B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics. He currently serves at Heritage as the Henry Salvatori Visiting Fellow. Dr. Spalding is also a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy.
He and his wife Elizabeth, a 1988 Hillsdale alumna, currently reside with their two children in Arlington, Va.