Richard J. Bishirjian, was Founding President and Professor of Government at Yorktown University from 2000 to 2016. He earned a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame 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. Dr. Bishirjian taught at universities and colleges in Indiana, Texas and New York and is the author of a history of political theory, editor of A Public Philosophy Reader and The Conservative Rebellion. His next book, The Coming Death and Resurrection of American Higher Education will be published by St. Augustine’s Press in February, 2017. Dr. Bishirjian is the author of professional essays in The Political Science Reviewer, Modern Age, Review of Politics and Anamnesis and has published topical essays in Chronicles of Culture and the American Spectator.
Dr. Bishirjian has been a member of the Philadelphia Society since 1975 and served for many years as an Editorial Advisor, and frequent contributor, Modern Age, a quarterly journal founded by Russell Kirk. Dr. Bishirjian’s The Conservative Rebellion was published in 2016. He is completing a novel titled “Coda,” a story about national politics, Presidential ambitions, personal tragedy and rebirth.