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Education, fellowships, keynote speaking, publications, media appearances

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Waller R. Newell is Professor of political science, philosophy and humanities at Carleton University. He cofounded and teaches at Carleton's College of the Humanities, Canada’s only 4 year baccalaureate in the Great Books. Newell has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University, and a B.A. in Arts and Sciences and an M.A. in Political Economy from the University of Toronto.


  • Visiting Faculty Fellow and Professor, The Hamilton Center for Classical and Civic Education, The University of Florida, Gainsville FL., 2023 

  • Senior Fellow, The Aristotle Foundation for Public Policy, Calgary, Alberta, 2023.  

  • Adjunct Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Washington, D.C. (2022)

  • Visiting Fellow in Humanistic Studies at the Black Mountain Institute, University of Nevada Las Vegas (2014-15)

  • Visiting Fellow at the Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts (2009)

  • John Adams Fellow at the University of London (1997)

  • Fellow of the Eccles Centre at the British Library (1997)

  • Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. (1990-91)

  • Fellow of the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina (1985-86)

  • Junior Fellow of Massey College, the University of Toronto (1974-75)

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship 


Newell's work has been translated into Italian, Portuguese, Turkish, Korean and Kurdish. His books include:



Newell is the author of numerous articles on classical, Renaissance and modern European political philosophy and literature. His articles have been published in:

  • The American Political Science Review

  • Political Theory

  • History of European Ideas


His topical journalism has appeared in:

  • Tablet Magazine

  •  The Weekly Standard

  • The National Post

  • The Globe and Mail

  • The Jewish World Review

  • American Educator

  • The New English Review

  • The Washington Free Beacon

  • The Ottawa Citizen

  • The Montreal Gazette.


Keynote Speaking

Newell has been a keynote speaker at:

  • Harvard University

  • Yale University

  •  Cornell University

  •  Peterhouse College University of Cambridge

  •  Colgate University

  •  the University of Toronto

  •  the University of Richmond

  •  Hamilton College

  •  The Onassis Cultural Center of New York

  • the Heritage Foundation


Media and podcast 

  • National Public Radio

  • the Judith Regan Show

  • The Agenda with Steve Paikin

  • ABC World News Overnight

  • School of War with Aaron MacLean

  • Powerline with Steve Hayward

Keynote speaking
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
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