Joseph Postell is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs having received is MA and PhD in Politics from the University of Dallas. At UCCS, he teaches American political thought and American institutions to undergraduate students. He also organizes a lecture series at UCCS under the auspices of the “Program for Preserving a Free and Prosperous Society,” a program that he hopes to develop into something akin to the Ashbrook Scholar Program.
HOW HAS YOUR EDUCATION IN THE ASHBROOK SCHOLAR PROGRAM IMPACTED YOUR CAREER?
The Ashbrook Scholar Program is the primary and fundamental reason that I am doing what I do today. I was an aimless, uninspired 18-year-old when I first walked into the Ashbrook Center, but once I saw what was happening there, I knew that the Ashbrook Scholar Program could enable me to do great things for my country. My professors and the speakers the Center brought to campus inspired me to become a mentor and educator of the next generation of citizens in the principles of the Constitution and the Founding.
WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE ASHBROOK SPEAKER?
My favorite speaker was Justice Clarence Thomas. I saw him speak at a Lincoln Day dinner in Washington, DC in 1999 where he gave a rousing speech concluded by a toast to the Founders. The speech and its conclusion sent chills down my spine. (I still read that speech every so often.) Then, a brief time later, Justice Thomas came to Ashland as the Ashbrook Center’s Annual Dinner speaker and I was able to ask him a question about the Founders. I attended both of those events thanks to the Ashbrook Scholar Program and, in both, Justice Thomas was thoughtful and inspiring. He is still my favorite living American.
IN WHAT WAYS DID YOUR EDUCATION IN THE ASHBROOK SCHOLAR PROGRAM PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR FUTURE?
My education as an Ashbrook Scholar was absolutely essential for my development as a professor and academic. Without a background in the writings of the American Founders, and an appreciation for their great sagacity and sacrifice to preserve the blessings of liberty for future generations, I would never have been inspired to pursue a graduate degree, and I would not be as successful an educator as I am today.