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April 13, 2011

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Matthew Spalding Named VP for American Studies

Washington, D.C., April 13, 2011 – Matthew Spalding, a historian, constitutional scholar and best-selling author at The Heritage Foundation, has been promoted to the new position of vice president for American Studies at the leading Washington think tank.

“Matt Spalding has dedicated his career to educating policymakers and, indeed, all Americans, about the fundamental ideas of liberty and constitutional self-government that made America a beacon for freedom-loving peoples around the world,” Heritage President Edwin J. Feulner said.

In joining the senior management team, Feulner said, Spalding will continue to lead Heritage’s First Principles initiative and oversee the B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies, where he “connects the principles of the nation’s founding to the public policy debates of the present.”

Matthew SpaldingAn authority on American political thought and constitutionalism, Spalding came to Heritage in 1994 as director of academic programs. He soon was named founding director of the Simon Center, which hosts or produces lectures, seminars, scholarly papers and publications for a range of audiences.

Spalding’s 2009 bestseller, “We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future” (ISI Books), remains a guiding text of the Tea Party movement by detailing America’s core principles and laying out a strategy to rescue them from the assault of modern progressive-liberalism.

He is the author or editor of several other books, among them “The Heritage Guide to the Constitution,” “The Founder’s Almanac” and “A Sacred Union of Citizens: Washington’s Farewell Address and the American Character.”

A graduate of Claremont McKenna College, Spalding holds a doctorate in government from the Claremont Graduate School. He and his wife, Elizabeth, currently reside with their two children in Arlington, Va.

Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is the nation’s most broadly supported think tank, with more than 710,000 members. It works to develop effective policy solutions based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values and a strong national defense.

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