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Richard J, Bishirjian was Founding President and Professor of Government at Yorktown University from 2000-2016. 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, 1971.

Dr. Bishirjian was Gerhart Niemeyer’s teaching assistant at Notre Dame. He was an assistant professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Dallas in Texas, chairman of the Political Science Department at the College of New Rochelle in New York and founder of Yorktown University where he served as President and Professor of government from 2000-2016.

He served as a political appointee in the Reagan Administration and in the Administration of George H. W.  Bush. Dr. Bishirjian’s account of his experience in the Reagan Administration has been published in an essay titled “Advice for Those with a Bad Boss.”

He is the editor of A Public Philosophy Reader and author of four books, The Development of Political Theory, The Conservative Rebellion and The Coming Death and Future Resurrection of American Higher Education. His entry into writing fiction, “Coda,” is a political novel published by En Route Books.  A Memoir of Dr. Bishirjian’s participation in the Conservative Movement, Ennobling Encounters, was published in 2021 and Rise and Fall of the American Empire is scheduled for publication in February 2022. That will be followed by publication of Conscience and Power, also by En Route Books.

Dr. Bishirjian’s essays have been published in Forbes, The Political Science Reviewer, Modern Age, Review of Politics, Chronicles, the American Spectator and The Imaginative Conservative.


Quantification and Intelligence Testing,” Humanitas, Vol. 22, Nos. 1 & 2,  2009,  pp.  185-192.

Leo Strauss and the American Political Religion,” Modern Age,  (June 2015).

Why I Am a Conservative,” Modern Age,  (Summer 2007).

Origins and End of the New World Order,” Modern Age,  (Summer 2004).


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