Paul Kengor

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Paul Kengor

Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College, a New York Times bestselling author, and a visiting fellow with the Hoover Institution. A Cold War historian, Dr. Kengor is also author of several faith-based biographies of figures ranging from Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush to Hillary Clinton. Of special interest to Catholics is his 2007 book, The Judge: William P. Clark, Ronald Reagan’s Top Hand, published by Ignatius Press. Kengor’s other recent books include The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor, The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism, and Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.

Dr. Kengor writes a number of regular commentaries and is a frequent guest on television and radio-talk shows. He does a weekly commentary for EWTN and Ave Maria Radio.

Kengor received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and his master’s degree from American University’s School of International Service. He also holds an honorary doctorate from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Recent Posts

Gay Marriage: Killing the Democracy of the Dead

I recently got an email from a thoughtful young man, a high-school senior who this fall will be attending a very liberal college in the Northeast. He read an article I had written on the subject o... More

The Obama Administration and the Disturbing Case of Chen Guangcheng

I’m a huge fan of LifeNews.com, the superb pro-life e-publication by Steve Ertelt and crew. They are thoroughly excellent at what they do. And what the typically do, of course, is news relating to... More

Is Rick Santorum the front-runner next time?

In a recent column, Peggy Noonan makes an interesting observation about Mitt Romney and Republicans. I think we might consider how it applies to Rick Santorum. Writing about the 2012 Republican ... More

Remembering Catholic Cuba with Pope Benedict—and Thomas Merton

[caption id="attachment_28689" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Pope Benedict XVI praying at the Basilica of Our Lady of Cobre in Cuba."][/caption] Amid the reporting on Pope Benedict’s tr... More

God and Woman at Georgetown

Georgetown University finds itself in hot water again, thanks to the controversy over Sandra Fluke, the law student who appeared before Congress at the invitation of Roman Catholic Congresswoman Nancy... More

The Obama Mandate: The Good News

For about 25 years I’ve studied and written about politics. I’ve taught political science for 15 years. One of the most frustrating things I’ve seen repeatedly is the astonishing degree to whi... More

Presidents Day: George W. Bush and John Paul II

Today is Presidents Day. Though America has had only one Catholic president, we’ve had some presidents with very good relationships with Catholics, including some popes. I’ve written about Ronal... More

Obama’s Mandate: Timeless Wisdom from Ronald Reagan

Today, Feb. 6, is Ronald Reagan’s birthday. Because of that, and because February is also the month of Lincoln’s birthday and Presidents’ Day, many Republicans nationwide hold annual “Reagan... More

Overturning Roe? Not anytime soon—Thanks to Catholics

“Romney and Santorum: Roe v. Wade Should Be Overturned.” Thus read the headline in LifeNews.com. My reaction: No, not anytime soon. Don’t get me wrong, I love LifeNews. Few publications are s... More

Christmas 1981: A Flame for Freedom in Poland

December 2011 might not be an anniversary on the minds of American Catholics, but it is close and near and dear to the hearts of Polish Catholics. As American Catholics, we ought to pause here, tod... More


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