Franklin’s Opus Staff


Senior Fellows


Stephen M. Klugewicz, Ph.D.

President Emeritus, Franklin’s Opus

Dr. Klugewicz is editor of The Imaginative Conservative. Previously he served as president of Franklin’s Opus, as headmaster of Regina Luminis Academy, as director of education at the National Constitution Center and at the Bill of Rights Institute, and as executive director of the Collegiate Network, the Robert and Marie Hansen Foundation, and Generation Life. In these various roles, he has worked with top university scholars, non-profit leaders, major philanthropists, prominent national journalists, and national security experts. Dr. Klugewicz is the co-editor of History, on Proper Principles: Essays in Honor of Forrest McDonald and Founders and the Constitution: In Their Own Words.



Bill Allen

William B. Allen, Ph.D.

Emeritus Dean of James Madison College

Professor William B. Allen is Emeritus Dean of James Madison College and Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy at Michigan State UniversityEmeritus Dean of James Madison College and Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy at Michigan State UniversityEmeritus Dean of James Madison College and Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy at Michigan State UniversityEmeritus Dean of James Madison College and Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University. He was a Senior Visiting Scholar at the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University. During a 2006-07 sabbatical leave, he served as the Ann & Herbert W. Vaughan Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program on American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. Dr. Allen’s areas of expertise include the American founding and U.S. Constitution; the American founders (particularly George Washington); the influence of various political philosophers (especially Montesquieu) on the American founding; liberal arts education, its history, importance and problems; and the intersection of race and politics.

Dr. Allen served previously on the National Council for the Humanities and as Member and Chairman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He has published extensively, most notably, George Washington: A Collection, Habits of Mind: Fostering Access and Excellence in Higher Education (with Carol M. Allen), George Washington: America’s First Progressive (P. Lang, 2008), and Re-Thinking Uncle Tom: The Political Philosophy of H. B. Stowe.




Lieutenant-General Josiah Bunting, III (Retired)

President, The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

General Josiah “Si” Bunting is president of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the study of violence, aggression, and dominance in society. Before becoming president of the Guggenheim Foundation, Si Bunting spent eight years as the superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va., where he successfully oversaw the school’s transition to coeducation, following a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1996. Additionally, he has served as president of Briarcliff College and Hampden Sydney College, a position which he accepted at the age of 33. He also served as the ninth headmaster of The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey.
General Bunting is a 1963 graduate of Virginia Military Institute and studied military history at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and at Columbia University as a John Burgess Fellow. From 1966 to 1972, General Bunting served on active duty in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Major. During the Vietnam War, he served with the Ninth Infantry Division. In addition, General Bunting served as assistant professor of history at West Point.

General Bunting is the author of four novels: The Lionheads, about the war in Vietnam (selected by Time as one of the 10 best novels of 1973); The Advent of Frederick Giles, set in the English countryside; All Loves Excelling, which details a young woman’s valiant struggle to gain admission to a prestigious college; and An Education for Our Time. He is also the author of Ulysses S. Grant in MacMillan’s American Presidents series, edited by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.



Eric Davis, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University

Eric Davis is a Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University and past director of the University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. His research has included the study of the relationship between state power and historical memory in modern Iraq, the political economy of Egyptian industrialization, the ideology and social bases of religious radical movements in Egypt and Israel, and the impact of oil wealth on the state and culture in Arab oil-producing countries. Dr. Davis has been appointed a fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University; the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin; the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University; the Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, Rutgers University; and the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis.



Winston Elliott, III

President, The Free Enterprise Institute

Winston Elliott is Editor-in-Chief of The Imaginative Conservative and President of The Free Enterprise Institute in Houston, Texas. The Free Enterprise Institute forms conservative leaders through the study of the history and principles of the American Republic and its roots in Western Civilization. Prior to joining the Institute as President in 1992, Mr. Elliott had served on the Institute’s Board of Advisory Trustees since 1984. In 1983, Mr. Elliott founded Elliott and Craft Corporation. He served as President of this computer services company until 1991. Mr. Elliott earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Washington College in 1982. In 1991, he was awarded a Masters of Business Administration, with Honors, from the University of Houston. Additionally, he did theological studies at the University of St. Thomas School of Theology. Mr. Elliott is a member of the Academy of Philosophy and Letters, and the Philadelphia Society.



Gary L. Gregg, II, Ph.D.

Director, The McConnell Center at the University of Louisville

Dr. Gary L. Gregg, II, holds the Mitch McConnell Chair in Leadership at the University of Louisville and is director of the McConnell Center. He is the author or editor of ten books including The Presidential Republic, Patriot Sage: George Washington and the American Political Tradition and Securing Democracy—Why We Have an Electoral College. He is an award winning teacher and has been the national director of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He has a bachelor’s degree from Davis and Elkins College and a master’s degree and doctorate from Miami University (Ohio).



Gordon Lloyd, Ph.D.

Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine University

Dr. Gordon Lloyd is Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and political science at McGill University. He completed all coursework toward a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago before receiving his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in government at Claremont Graduate School. The co-author of three books on the American founding and author of two forthcoming publications on political economy, he also has numerous articles and book reviews to his credit. His areas of research span the California constitution, common law, the New Deal, slavery and the Supreme Court, and the relationship between politics and economics. He has received many teaching, research, and leadership awards including admission to Phi Beta Kappa and an appointment as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar for the Oklahoma Scholarship Leadership Program.



Walter A. McDougall, Ph.D.

Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations, The University of Pennsylvania

Walter A. McDougall is Professor of History and the Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations. A graduate of Amherst College and a Vietnam veteran, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1974 and taught at U.C. Berkeley for 13 years before coming to Penn to direct its International Relations Program, which now has 350 majors.

Professor McDougall teaches U.S., European, and Asia/Pacific diplomatic history and is the author of many books, most recently Freedom Just Around the Corner: A New American History, 1585-1828 (2004). His other recent books include Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter With the World Since 1776 (1997) and Let the Sea Make a Noise: A History of the North Pacific from Magellan to MacArthur (1993). In 1986 Professor McDougall won the Pulitzer Prize for The Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia and editor of Orbis, its journal of world affairs.



Jeffrey Nelson, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President, The Intercollegiate Studies Institute

Jeff Nelson is Executive Vice President for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in Wilmington, Delaware. 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. He first joined ISI in 1991 and served as editor of the Intercollegiate Review and founding editor and publisher of the Institute’s press, ISI Books. Prior to returning to ISI in 2009, he was president of the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts and served on ISI’s board of trustees. Dr. Nelson serves as vice chairman of the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, a trustee of the Wilbur Foundation in California, a member of the G. K. Chesterton Institute board of trustees, secretary of the Edmund Burke Society of America, and a member of the board of trustees for Padua Academy in Wilmington, Delaware. 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.




Colleen Sheehan, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science, Villanova University

Colleen A. Sheehan is Professor of Political Science at Villanova University, Director of the Ryan Center for Free Institutions and the Public Good, and has served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. She is author of James Madison and the Spirit of Republican Self-Government (Cambridge University Press, 2009), co-editor of Friends of the Constitution: Writings of the Other Federalists 1787-1788, and author of numerous articles on the American Founding and eighteenth century political and moral thought which have appeared in journals such the William and Mary Quarterly, American Political Science Review, Review of Politics, and Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal. She is currently completing a book on Madison’s Voyage to the World of the Classics.



Edward Turzanski

Assistant Vice President for Government and Community Relations, LaSalle University

Edward Turzanski is a political and national security analyst who has held a number of posts with the federal government, and can authoritatively comment on the following areas: International Relations; U. S. Foreign and Defense Policy; Intelligence and Counterintelligence: Terrorism and Counterterrorism, Domestic and Foreign policy issues related to the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union; Congress and the American Presidency; Media-Political process and relations. In addition to his classroom work, Mr. Turzanski is also La Salle University’s Assistant Vice President for Government and Community Relations. In that capacity, he maintains active and regular contact with elected, appointed, and civil service governmental authorities on all levels; and with business and other civic leaders and entities.

Advisory Board


Victoria Hughes, Chair

Vice President for Development, The Reason Foundation

Victoria Hughes is Vice President for Development for the Reason Foundation in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Reason, Victoria served as a consultant with the firm A.C. Fitzgerald & Associates, advising nonprofits how as to improve their fundraising operations. In 1999, Victoria established the Bill of Rights Institute. During her 11 years as president, the Institute grew from a business plan to a major national educational organization that provided more than 40,000 teachers with instructional material on the founding documents.

She has also served in senior executive roles at the Charles Koch Foundation, Citizens for a Sound Economy, the Heritage Foundation, the Reagan-Bush ’84 Campaign and Presidential Inaugural Committee, the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, and the U.S. Information Agency.

Mrs. Hughes lived three years in Barbados, where – as the wife of the United States Ambassador – she actively participated in many charitable activities benefiting the people of the Eastern Caribbean. Mrs. Hughes began her career as a classroom teacher and has taught in suburban Cincinnati, Boston, and inner city Washington, D.C. She earned her degree in education from the University of Dayton.


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Charlie McKinney

President, Sophia Institute Press

Charlie McKinney is President of Sophia Institute Press, a Catholic publishing house located in Bedford, New Hampshire, as well as its online apostolates and

Mr. McKinney has worked in the non-profit sector for nearly 15 years, serving as Vice President at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, New Hampshire, and in leadership positions at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (Wilmington, DE) and at the Bill of Rights Institute (Washington, DC). Charlie is on the board of the American Principles Project, and is Chairman of Cornerstone Policy Research, a New Hampshire think tank dedicated to preserving traditional values.


John Raphael

Rev. John J. Raphael, S.S.J.

Catholic Chaplain, St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee

Fr. John Raphael is a graduate of Notre Dame University. He holds a master’s degree in Theology from the Desales School of Theology and a master’s degree in Catholic Educational Leadership from the University of San Francisco. From 1999-2004, Fr. Raphael was the Newman chaplain at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and from 2006-2011 he served as principal and president of St. Augustine High School in New Orleans. As the head of St. Augustine, Fr. Raphael dramatically raised student scores on standardized tests, reduced disciplinary problems, and improved the graduation rate. He also saw the school through the trauma of Hurricane Katrina. Fr. Raphael is a nationally-recognized speaker on social and educational issues and currently serves as the chaplain at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.



Beth Specker

Director of Educational Initiatives, School of Continuing Studies, Arcadia University

Beth Specker is the Director of Educational Initiatives at Arcadia University’s School of Continuing Studies (CAPE). In this role, she develops innovative CAPE programs to meet the needs of today’s educators, in collaboration with the Education Department. Her primary role is to establish connections with school districts, charter schools and independent schools in the King of Prussia area and beyond, and to explore, develop, and direct grant opportunities with these institutions.

Ms. Specker was Director of Civics Education with the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, where her focus was on establishing professional development opportunities for teachers, and the development of civics curriculum for elementary students. In addition, she directed operations and integration of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Representative Democracy into National Constitutional Center Educational offerings. She also worked with the Philadelphia Bar Association on the ACE program (Advancing Civics Education). Before joining the National Constitution Center staff, Ms. Specker served as Chief of Staff to the First Lady of Pennsylvania, Judge Marjorie Rendell. As Chief of Staff, Ms. Specker directed the operation of Judge Rendell’s civics’ initiative to restore the civic mission of schools. In this capacity, she worked with schools across the Commonwealth and nationally with organizations such as iCivics, the American Bar Association and the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools. Ms. Specker also served as the Vice President of Education for 17 years at the Freedoms Foundation, where she designed and conducted 45 youth conferences a year for students from across the United States and abroad, and ran graduate credit programs for teachers.

Ms. Specker holds a B.A. in Psychology from Villanova University and an M.A. in Non Profit Management from Eastern University.



David Keller Trevaskis, Esquire

Pro Bono Coordinator, Pennsylvania Bar Association

David Trevaskis is an attorney and former third grade teacher with a Master’s Degree in Education. He is the Pro Bono Coordinator for Legal Services for the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), responsible for assisting local bar associations, legal services programs and other groups who offer pro bono legal services across the Commonwealth to help improve the access to justice for the neediest among us. Trevaskis supports the Wills for Heroes Program of the PBA’s Young Lawyer Division which has provided more than 10,000 first responders and veterans with wills and other estate planning documents. He is most proud of his work supporting veterans and active duty personnel with civil legal aid through the PBA’s Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. Trevaskis is a frequent presenter across Pennsylvania on civic education.



Stephanie James Wilson

Executive Director, New Jersey Amistad Commission

Stephanie James Wilson, M.A., is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Amistad Commission, a division of the Department of Education. This state-mandated educational initiative is tasked with the full infusion and inclusion of African American historical content into New Jersey’s K-12 Social Studies curriculum and statewide Social Studies standards.  Ms. Wilson frequently conducts professional development workshops throughout the state on the utilization of the curriculum resources in compliance with the statewide mandate, and on the importance of infusing African American historical content into any presentation of American history.

Ms. Wilson received dual degrees, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a specialization in African American literature and a Bachelor of Science degree in African American Studies from the University of Maryland – College Park. She earned a Master’s Degree from Temple University with a major in African American Studies.  She completed her doctoral coursework in African American Studies at Temple University.

Ms. Wilson is a member of the New Jersey Department of Education Social Studies Task Force, a Trustee for the Lawnside Education Foundation, and an elected member of the Pennsauken Township Board of Education, where she serves as the Vice-President of the Board. Ms. Wilson has received many honors, including: the NAACP 2011 Distinguished Educators Award; the 2010 NJ – Rahway Chapter NAACP Outstanding Achievement Award; and the 2012 Commissioner of Education’s Award for Outstanding Leadership.  She is a member of the African American Museum Association, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the New Jersey Council for Social Studies, the NAACP, and the University of Maryland- College Park Black Alumni Association. She is also an adjunct History Professor at Burlington County College.