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PHC Professor of History and Writer in Residence

Ph.D. in History, University of Washington
M.A. in Far East & Slavic Languages & Literature, University of Washington
B.A. in Modern Languages, Oxford University

Dr. Aikman teaches upper-level courses on the history of modern China, the Middle East, Russia, Modern Terrorism, Islam, Revolution, WWI, and Cold War Novel at Patrick Henry College. Starting fall 2008, he also began teaching Russian. Dr. Aikman oversees apprenticeship work for students wanting to become writers, to which he brings the experience and expertise of having written nine books and co-authored four others. A former foreign policy consultant in Washington D.C., he is a current senior fellow of the Trinity Forum. For 23 years Dr. Aikman was a foreign correspondent and senior correspondent for Time magazine and reported from four continents and fifty-five countries, notably Russia, China, and the Middle East. He has also been a correspondent for TV documentaries and speaks several languages, including Russian and Chinese.





PHC Chancellor
Professor of Government

J.D., honors graduate, Gonzaga University School of Law
B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, Western Washington University (formerly Western Washington State College)

Michael P. Farris served as founding president of Patrick Henry College (2000-2006) and is now Chancellor. In addition to teaching Constitutional Law and coaching the Moot Court team, he organizes a mentorship program for PHC students called Tyndale's Ploughmen. He serves as Chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association.

Since founding HSLDA in 1983, Farris has used his extensive experience in both politics and appellate litigation to defend parental rights and help grow the organization to over 80,000 member families. In recognition of his work in home education, Education Week has named Farris one of the “Top 100 Faces in Education of the 20th Century.” Heritage Foundation awarded him its Salvatori Award for American Citizenship in 2002.

Dr. Farris is the author of fourteen books, including three novels, two constitutional law textbooks, and works on marriage, parenting, homeschooling, political advocacy, and religious liberty. His daily radio program, Home School Heartbeat, airs on several hundred stations nationwide.

Farris won the Linden Cup Moot Court Competition and was the Articles Editor of the Law Review at Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington. He and his wife, Vickie, live in Purcellville, Virginia, and have ten children and eighteen grandchildren.




PHC Director of Communications

M.A. in Communications, Louisiana Baptist University and Theological Seminary
B.S. in Journalism, University of Colorado at Boulder

David Halbrook is Director of Communications at Patrick Henry College. He served as East Coast Director of National News and Public Affairs for Salem Communications, as Executive Producer of Beyond the News Weekend Journal, and was the Managing Editor for Promise Keepers. A Pulitzer Prize nominee, he co-authored the three book In Search Of... series with biblical archeologist Bob Cornuke, founder of Base Institute, and co-authored Sold Out with Bill McCartney, founder of Promise Keepers. He has extensive experience in corporate Christian and para-church communications, as well as serving as an award-winning writer, editor, columnist, international feature writer and freelance journalist for numerous publications. He teaches Radio Journalism at Patrick Henry College.





PHC Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Christian Thought

Dr. Montgomery holds eleven earned degrees: Ph.D., University of Chicago; LL.D., University of Cardiff, Wales; Th.D., University of Strasbourg; M.Div., Wittenberg University; M.Phil., University of Essex; M.A., University of California, Berkeley; LL.M., University of Cardiff, Wales; LL.B., LaSalle Extension University; S.T.M., Wittenberg University; B.L.S., University of California-Berkeley; A.B., Cornell University.

One of contemporary Christianity’s leading apologetics experts joined the PHC faculty in spring 2008. Dr. John Warwick Montgomery, author of more than fifty books in four languages on the issues of human rights and biblical apologetics, has been named a Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Christian Thought at PHC. Dr. Montgomery, who lives in France and England, spends each fall semester teaching the core course in apologetics at Patrick Henry and an upper level course entitled Philosophy of Law and Human Rights. According to Dr. Gene Edward Veith, Provost at PHC, “Dr. John Warwick Montgomery is one of the giants in Christian thought. He is one of the most influential voices in apologetics today; his spiritual children include Josh McDowell and many others.”

Dr. Montgomery is an ordained Lutheran minister and English and French barrister, and is admitted to practice as a lawyer before the Supreme Court of the United States. Besides his extensive literary corpus, Dr. Montgomery has won leading religious liberties cases before the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France.





PHC Distinguished Chair in Journalism and Public Policy
Professor of Journalism

Ph.D. in American Culture, University of Michigan
M.A. in American Culture, University of Michigan
B.A. in American Studies, Yale University

Dr. Marvin Olasky is a well-known conservative scholar, cultural commentator, and author. In addition to teaching and overseeing journalism internships at PHC, Dr. Olasky is the editor-in-chief of WORLD Magazine.

Dr. Olasky has authored many books and articles for major U.S. publications on topics including journalism and media, history, public policy, the sanctity of human life, and Christianity’s intersection with culture. His books include The Religions Next Door, Standing for Christ in a Modern Babylon, The American Leadership Tradition, Fighting for Liberty and Virtue, The Press and Abortion, Prodigal Press, and Echoes of Eden. His more than 2,500 articles and op-ed columns have appeared in publications ranging from WORLD and the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

Dr. Olasky served as Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin from 1983 to 2007, teaching courses on journalism history, journalism and religion, sports writing, and column-writing. He was a visiting professor at Princeton in 2004-05 and served as Provost of The King’s College in New York City from 2007 through January 2011.

Dr. Olasky has chaired the boards of a Christian school and a crisis pregnancy center and also been a newspaper reporter, foster parent, PTA president, cross-country bicycle rider, and Little League assistant coach. His wife, Susan, is also an accomplished writer and professor at PHC. Dr. and Mrs. Olasky live in Asheville, North Carolina, and regularly visit the PHC campus.




PHC Professor of Journalism

Ph.D. in Journalism, University of Texas (Austin)
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
Bachelor of Religious Education, Briercrest Bible College

Dr. Sillars directs the Journalism Program at Patrick Henry College.  He also teaches courses in the Journalism major (Journalism I and II, Journalism History, and Media Law), directs internships as a part of the Government Department's student apprenticeship program, serves as a student adviser, and oversees the student newspaper. Besides his duties at PHC, Dr. Sillars is Mailbag Editor at WORLD magazine and a Contributing Editor at Salvo magazine.





PHC Provost
Professor of Literature

Ph.D. in English, University of Kansas
M.Phil. in English, University of Kansas
M.A. in English, University of Kansas
B.A. in Letters (Literature, Philosophy, History, and Classics), University of Oklahoma

Dr. Gene Edward Veith, Provost and Professor of Literature, oversees both Academic Affairs and Student Affairs at Patrick Henry College.  He also teaches literature and other liberal arts courses. Prior to coming to PHC, at which he served briefly as Dean of Academic Affairs before becoming Provost, Dr. Veith was the Culture Editor of World Magazine. He is well-known in Christian, conservative, and homeschooling circles through his writing and speaking on various aspects of Christianity and culture. Dr. Veith is the author of 18 books on topics involving Christianity and culture, classical education, literature, and the arts. His writings number more than 100 scholarly articles, reviews, and papers and include books on Christian vocation: God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life; Christianity and Literature: The Soul of the Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe and Reading Between the Lines: a Christian Guide to Literature; Christianity and the Arts; State of the Arts:  From Bezalel to Mapplethorpe; Painters of Faith:  The Spiritual Landscape in 19th Century America; Christianity and Culture: Loving God with All Your Mind; and Postmodern Times: A Christian Guide to Contemporary Thought and Culture.

Prior to his years at World Magazine, Dr. Veith was on the faculty for 19 years as Professor of English at Concordia University Wisconsin, where he also served for six years as the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. He has also taught at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and has been a visiting professor at the Estonian Institute of Humanities, Gordon-Conwell, Regent College (Vancouver), and Wheaton College. In addition he also serves as the director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He has been a Fellow at the Capital Research Center and the Heritage Foundation. Dr. Veith and his wife, Jackquelyn, have three grown children and three grandchildren.





PHC President
Professor of Government

Ph.D. in Government and International Studies, University of Notre Dame
Diplôme, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva
B.A. in History, Houghton College

Dr. Graham Walker has been President of Patrick Henry College since 2006, where he also serves as Professor of Government. Earlier, he was a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, served as an NEH Fellow and John M. Olin Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, was a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and was a faculty member at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Immediately before joining Patrick Henry College, he was serving as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean at Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

Dr. Walker's scholarly interests include political philosophy, constitutional and comparative law, theology and education. His work has appeared in Nomos, Polity, The Review of Politics, The Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, The Intercollegiate Review, The Wesleyan Advocate, Wesleyan Theological Journal and The Los Angeles Times. His book, Moral Foundations of Constitutional Thought (Princeton University Press, 1990), in an earlier version, won the American Political Science Association's Edward S. Corwin Award. He also authored The Ethics of F. A. Hayek (University Press of America, 1986).

Dr. Walker received his B.A. in 1979 from Houghton College. He earned an advanced degee (Diplôme, 1984) from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and a Ph.D. (1988) from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to his academic career, he worked on the Washington congressional staffs of Senator S.I. Hayakawa (R.-CA) and Representative David Stockman (R.-MI). 






PHC Professor of Government

Ph.D. in Government, London School of Economics & Political Science
B.A. in International Studies & Political Science, American University School of International Service

Dr. Baskerville teaches Comparative Politics and upper level courses in International Politics and Policy. Before PHC, he taught government and international affairs at Howard University in Washington and Palacky University in the Czech Republic, and he recently served as a Fulbright Scholar at the Russian-American Studies Center at the Russian National University for the Humanities in Moscow.  Among his research fellowships is the Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society and the Independent Institute.  His research interests include international family policy, political ideologies, religion and politics, and international religious freedom. Among his publications is Not Peace but a Sword: The Political Theology of the English Revolution (Routledge 1993), and Taken Into Custody: The War Against Fathers, Marriage, and the Family (Cumberland House, 2007). He serves as Managing Editor of the International Journal for Religious Freedom, where he is assisted by PHC students.  At PHC he is the faculty sponsor of the National Model United Nations, and leads an annual excursion of students to UN headquarters. He is currently working on a book on sexual radicalism and the family in global perspective.






PHC Assistant Professor of Biology

Ph.D. in Geology (paleontology), Florida State University
M.S. in Geology, University of Cincinnati
M.A. in History, University of Florida
B.A. in Geology, University of Florida

Dr. Neal Doran teaches biology at Patrick Henry College. His fields of interest include invertebrate and micropaleontology, morphometrics, survivorship analysis, the metaphysics behind modern biological thought, and origins. Dr. Doran’s publications include “Is extinction age-dependent?” (Palaios, 2006) and “Deviation from Red Queen behaviour at stratigraphic boundaries” (in Geological Society, London, Special Publication 230, 2004). Conference presentations include work on brachiopod morphometrics, the trace fossil Diplocriterion, and statistical analyses of environmental trends. He is currently completing a four-year statistical analysis of Florida’s springs that indicate possible statewide saltwater intrusion into freshwater resources. Current work also includes the relationship of morphology to extinction in planktonic foraminifera and morphology and environment in the brachiopod genus Platystrophia.






PHC Chairman, Department of Government
Professor of Government

Ph.D. in Government, Georgetown University
M.A. in Philosophy, Gonzaga University
M.A. in Government, Georgetown University
B.A. in History, Crown College

Dr. Mark Mitchell teaches Freedom’s Foundations, Ancient and Medieval Political Theory, Modern and Contemporary Political Theory, Conservative Political Thought, and other political theory courses at Patrick Henry College. His research interests include modern and contemporary political theory, conservative political thought, the political implications of science and technology, and political themes in literature.

Dr. Mitchell has published on such figures as Eric Voegelin, Michael Polanyi, and Flannery O’Connor, and on themes including democracy, community, and tradition. His first book, Michael Polanyi: The Art of Knowing, was published in 2006 by ISI Books. For the 2008-09 academic year, Dr. Mitchell was a visiting fellow at the James Madison Program at Princeton University.




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