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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 Hudson Institute. He is the author of a bestselling book about international law, Sovereignty or Submission: Will Americans Rule Themselves or be Ruled by Others? (Encounter Books, September 2011), for which he won the 2012 ISI Henry Paolucci/Walter Bagehot Book Award. Fonte is also co-editor of Education for America's Role in World Affairs, a textbook on civil and world affairs education widely used in college-level and graduate school teacher-training programs. 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, 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, Policy Review, Transaction, Academic Questions, along with a great many national and international newspapers. He has also been a frequent guest and interview subject on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, France 24, Voice of America, Bloomberg TV, NPR, and other broadcast outlets.

Fonte previously served as visiting scholar and director of the Committee to Review National Standards at the American Enterprise Institute; senior researcher at the U.S. Department of Education; program administrator at the National Endowment for the Humanities; National Assessment for Educational Progress steering committee member; principal advisor for the Pew Charitable Trusts' CIVITAS curricular project; and consultant to the Lithuanian Ministry for Education and Science, the American Federation of Teachers, the California Academic Standards Commission, and the Texas and Virginia state education departments. In 2012, Dr. Fonte served on the foreign policy team of the Presidential campaign of Newt Gingrich.

John Fonte holds a Ph.D. in World History from the University of Chicago.

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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