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John Fonte

Director, Center for American Common Culture

John Fonte is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for American Common Culture at the Hudson Institute. He is the author of Sovereignty or Submission: Will Americans Rule Themselves or be Ruled by Others? , winner of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s Paolucci-Bagehot book award for 2012 and a number-one rated Amazon best-seller in international law. Fonte’s ideas on “lawfare” were cited in the annual New York Times Magazine’s “Year in Ideas” as among the most noteworthy of 2004.

Fonte’s articles and essays on citizenship, history, civic education, patriotism, assimilation, immigration, civil rights, global organizations, American sovereignty, and liberal democracy have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Commentary, Orbis, National Review, The National Interest, The American Interest, The Claremont Review of Books, Policy Review, American Enterprise, Transaction, Academic Questions, American Legion Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, San Diego Union-Tribune; as well as internationally, in LeFigaro (France), in Nativ (Israel), in Opinio (Netherlands), Perfiles Liberales (Mexico),  Policy (Australia), Review (Australia), The Weekend Australian (Australia), and the National Post (Canada). He is co-editor of Education for America’s Role in World Affairs (University Press), a book on civic and world affairs education used in universities and teacher training institutes.

He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, France 24 Live News, Voice of America, News Talk TV, Bloomberg TV, the Armstrong Williams Show, as well as numerous radio programs throughout the country including National Public Radio.

Fonte has been a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute where he directed the Committee to Review National Standards under the chairmanship of Lynne V. Cheney. He also served as a senior researcher at the U.S. Department of Education and a program administrator at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). He is currently on the Board of the American Council for Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). He served on the foreign policy team of Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich in 2012.  

Fonte has testified before Congress on immigration, assimilation, citizenship, citizenship naturalization and on civil rights issues. He has served as a consultant for the Texas Education Agency, the Virginia Department of Education, the California Academic Standards Commission, the American Federation of Teachers, and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania. He was a member of the steering committee for the congressionally-mandated National Assessment for Education Progress (NAEP) which issued the “nation’s report card” on civics and government.

He served as principal advisor for CIVITAS:  A Framework for Civic Education funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, and he was appointed by the general editor to write the chapter on The Federalist Papers.  He has taught at the higher education and secondary school levels.  He received his Ph.D. in World History from the University of Chicago, and his M.A. and B.A. in History from the University of Arizona.

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John Fonte is quoted in War on the Rocks on globalism and sovereignty

John Fonte’s work on patriotic assimilation is referenced in a CATO Institute study on immigrants and their trust in American governing institutions

John Fonte’s work on national sovereignty and democracy is quoted in the NED’s Democracy Digest.

John Fonte quoted by National Review Online on populism and “post-democracy”

John Fonte quoted by The Washington Examiner on resistance to nationalism by certain groups

John Fonte quoted by The Washington Examiner on patriotism and democratic nationalism

John Fonte quoted in LifeZette on student protests at colleges and defense of free speech

John Fonte quoted in LifeZette on partisan college commencement speakers

John Fonte quoted in National Review on the post-democracy phenomenon

John Fonte quoted in American Spectator on national identity

John Fonte’s Claremont Review of Books article on cultural assimilation quoted in The Australian

John Fonte quoted in The Australian on the emergence of supranational rule

John Fonte quoted in Capital Research Center’s report on non-profits and the Iran deal

John Fonte quoted in National Review on the conflict between the liberal democracy and post-democracy

John Fonte quoted in National Review on transnational progressivism

John Fonte quoted in National Review on patriotic assimilation

John Fonte and Stanley Kurtz’s recent article on bias in the AP U.S. History course written up in PowerLine

John Fonte quoted in Breitbart on Jeb Bush’s campaign ads

John Fonte’s article on immigration and conservative populism referenced in National Review’s The Corner

John Fonte quoted in Quadrant on demands made by UN monitoring bodies

John Fonte’s National Review article quoted in U.S. News and World Report regarding Gov. Walker’s conservative populism

John Fonte quoted in New York Post on multiculturalism

John Fonte quoted in on federalism’s role in immigration

John Fonte quoted in AFP (Spanish) on Obama’s immigration problem