David Azerrad, Ph.D.

Expert on Political Thought


David Azerrad devotes his time and research at The Heritage Foundation to increasing public understanding of America’s founding principles.

As director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics, Azerrad teaches the tenets of the American political tradition to policymakers, political leaders and the public, while connecting the nation’s first principles to the thorny questions of the day.

In November 2015, Azerrad also became Heritage’s first AWC Family Foundation fellow. The Nashville-based foundation has supported Heritage’s work to defend and promote founding principles since 2009.

A popular speaker, Azerrad gives talks around the country on topics related to the American Founding, constitutionalism, modern liberalism and conservatism, and the American Dream. He has spoken on many college campuses and addressed audiences in more than 25 states

From 2010 to 2013, Azerrad was assistant director and then associate director of the Center for Principles and Politics.

Before joining Heritage in 2010, he spent two years at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni promoting civic literacy and working to shake up higher education. In 2007, he held a Publius Fellowship at the Claremont Institute in California.

His writings have appeared in well-known publications and online outlets such as Real Clear Politics, The Washington Times, National Review Online and The (London) Times. He also has been published in scholarly journals such as The Federalist, Public Discourse, The National Interest and Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy. He has been interviewed by such broadcast and cable outlets as BBC and Radio Canada.

He is a regular contributor of commentary to The Daily Signal, Heritage’s multimedia news organization. 

Azerrad received a doctoral degree in politics from the University of Dallas, where he wrote a dissertation on the foundations of John Locke’s political thought. He also taught a course, “Principles of American Politics,” to undergraduates.

He currently teaches a class on conservative political thought at the American University in Washington, D.C.

A native of Montreal in Canada, Azerrad received his master of arts degree in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Concordia University in Montreal.

He currently resides in Washington, D.C.

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