David Azerrad, Ph.D.

Expert on Political Thought


David Azerrad devotes his time and research to increasing public understanding of America’s founding principles. As director of The Heritage Foundation’s B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics, he teaches the tenets of the American political tradition to policymakers, political leaders and the public at large, while connecting our founding principles to the thorny questions of the day.

 A popular speaker, Azerrad gives talks around the country on topics such as the Founding, modern liberalism and conservatism, and the American Dream. He has spoken on many college campuses and addressed audiences in more than 20 states

 From September 2010 through September 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 was a Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute in California.

 His writings have appeared in various publications, including  Real Clear Politics, The FederalistPublic Discourse, National Review Online, The National Interest, The Washington Times, Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, and The Times of London. He has also been cited in The New York TimesThe Washington Post and appeared on the BBC and Radio Canada.

 Azerrad obtained a PhD in politics from the University of Dallas where he wrote a dissertation on the foundations of John Locke’s political thought. While there, he taught the course “Principles of American Politics” to undergraduates.

 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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