Bradley J. Birzer is Professor of History and Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies at Hillsdale College, where he has served on the faculty since 1999. Dr. Birzer earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame (1990), an M.A. in history from Utah State University (1992), and a Ph.D. in history from Indiana University (1999). He teaches courses on the Civil War, the American West, Native Americans, Jacksonian America, and twentieth century Christian humanism. In 2002-2003 Dr. Birzer was voted Professor of the Year by Hillsdale College students. Co-writer of the Encyclopedia of the American West (2002), Dr. Birzer is the co-editor of a collection by James Fenimore Cooper, The American Democrat and Other Political Writings (2001). His last book, J.R.R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-earth (2002), has received wide and favorable recognition. His newest book, Sanctifying the World: The Augustinian Life and Mind of Christopher Dawson comes out this spring (2006). Dr. Birzer has published dozens of articles and reviews, and is a senior fellow as well as Chairman of the Academic Board of the Center for the American Idea, and also on the Board of Academic Advisors for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Prior to teaching at Hillsdale College Dr. Birzer taught at the University of St. Francis, Carroll College, and the University of Texas-San Antonio. He latest work is American Cicero, a biography of Charles Carroll of Carrollton.