Dr. Jeffry Morrison is professor of Government and director of academics at the federal government's James Madison Foundation in Alexandria, Virginia. Morrison has also taught at Georgetown University, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and at Princeton University. He graduated with distinction from Boston College and from Georgetown, where he received his Ph.D.

He is author or co-editor of four books on American constitutionalism, including The Political Philosophy of George Washington (Johns Hopkins, 2009), and chapters, articles, and reviews in publications such as American Political Thought, Journal of American History, Journal of Church and State, National Review, and Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. He has lectured at colleges and historic sites throughout the United States and in England (Hertford College, Oxford), and made media appearances on radio, in journalism, and on television (C-Span and the BBC). He lives in Williamsburg, Virginia, where his home sits on a Revolutionary War battlefield.

Fields of Expertise:

  • Political Philosophy and the American Founding


Christopher Newport University: Senior Fellow, Center on Faith and Politics, 2008-2009.

Regent University: Chancellor's Award (University Professor of the Year), 2006-2007.

Princeton University: James Madison Visiting Fellow in American Ideals and Institutions, Department of Politics, 2003-2004.

U.S. Air Force Academy: Charles R. Coble Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence in Research in Political Science, Department of Political Science, 2001.

Georgetown University: Bradley Research Fellow, Department of Government, 1995-1998.


Books, Articles & Chapters:

The Political Philosophy of George Washington, author (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009)

John Witherspoon and the Founding of the American Republic, author (University of Notre Dame Press, 2005, 2007)

The Founders on God and Government, co-editor (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004)

"Religion and the Presidency of George Washington," co-author, in Religion and the American Presidency: George Washington to George W. Bush with Commentary and Primary Sources, ed. Gaston Espinosa, 46-85 (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009).

"John Witherspoon," in America's Forgotten Founders, ed. Gary L. Gregg II and Mark D. Hall, 131-43 (Louisville, KY: Butler Books, 2008).

"The Virtue of Education: The Founders Vision," in Defending the Republic: Constitutional Morality in a Time of Crisis, ed. Bruce P. Frohnen and Kenneth L. Grasso, 121-38 (Wilmington, DE: ISI Books, 2008).

"John Witherspoon's Revolutionary Religion," in The Founders on God and Government, ed. Daniel L. Dreisbach, Mark D. Hall and Jeffry H. Morrison, 117-46 (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004).

"John Witherspoon and "The Public Interest of Religion,"" Journal of Church and State 41 (1999): 551- 73.

Thirteen articles, The Encyclopedia of Religion in American Politics (Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press, 1998).