Richard J. Bishirjian, President and Professor of Government at Yorktown University, is an entrepreneur and educator. He earned a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh (1964) and a Ph.D. in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame (1972) under the direction of Gerhart Niemeyer. While a graduate student at Notre Dame, and later as a member of the Faculty of the University of Dallas, he studied under Eric Voegelin. After completing graduate work at Notre Dame, he did advanced study with Michael Oakeshott at the London School of Economics (1968/69). On sabbatical from the College of New Rochelle in 1978, he studied Sanskrit at the Southern Asia Institute, Columbia University (1978). Dr. Bishirjian taught at universities and colleges in Indiana, Texas and New York from 1968 to 1981. He is the author of a history of political theory and editor of A Public Philosophy Reader. Dr. Bishirjian is the author of more than thirty-five professional essays and reviews in the field of political theory. He is a student of classical Greek philosophy, and specializes in analysis of modern ideologies, 19th century philosophy and political theory. His interests include American Government and Constitutional Law, Ethics, and the problem of secularization of Western culture.
Dr. Bishirjian has been a member of the Philadelphia Society since 1975 and serves as an Editorial Advisor, and frequent contributor, to the quarterly journal founded by Russell Kirk, Modern Age. Recent articles published in Modern Age include, “The Creation of a Conservative Intellectual” (Spring 1998), “Daimonic Men” (Winter 1996), and “Hegel and Classical Philosophy” (Winter 1992), “Origins and End of the New World Order” (Summer 2004), and “The United States in the World Arena” (Winter 2007). Dr. Bishirjian is currently writing an analysis of modern American politics titled “The Fifth Paradigm vs. the Administrative State” and is working on a screenplay with the working title “Coda,” a story about national politics and Presidential ambitions.