About Us

The Jack Miller Center is an operating non-profit dedicated to the support of initiatives in higher education focused on cultivating a deeper understanding of the fundamental principles at the heart of American civic, cultural, and constitutional life. It is an independent, non-partisan, and non-sectarian organization dedicated to the support of the scholarship, teaching, and study of the central ideas and themes of American history and the broader traditions of Western Civilization.

The Jack Miller Center partners with faculty, administrators, and donors to transform student access to education in American political thought and history, an education necessary for informed civic engagement.

We aim to help provide coming generations the opportunity for an education grounded in a commitment to the values of liberty and equal opportunity. It’s with this goal in mind that JMC works to:


Build a community of professors committed to this education. Professors will be the engine for change, increasing student access to courses and other learning opportunities.  JMC Summer Institutes, postdoctoral fellowships, regional events, such as our Jeffersonian Seminars, along with programs and panels at national conferences, allow us to expand and deepen our relationship with these professors.


Develop a network of partner programs that will sustain this work on individual campuses.  As the number of partner programs grows, we can leverage their impact through a networking effect, as professors find opportunities to collaborate and advance this vital education and scholarship.


Conduct national programs that no individual professor or campus would be able to do alone.  These include the Constitution Day Initiative, the American Political Thought Journal, and annual summits.


Support a community of donors with research and services that allow them to invest in this higher education intelligently and with an expectation of doing good and achieving their individual goals.


The Jack Miller center is non-partisan and non-sectarian.  Our programs maintain the highest intellectual standards, and we engage a broad range of scholars and donors who simply share a belief that our national life is enriched by an education aimed at informed civic participation.

Jack Miller, along with a team of academic and nonprofit foundation experts, began working with scholars in 2004 in response to mounting evidence that college graduates— the future leaders of our country—lacked the knowledge of America’s founding principles and history necessary to be informed and engaged citizens. The Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History became an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan 501c(3) operating foundation in October 2007. In 2010 the IRS granted the Jack Miller Center advanced ruling as a public charity. Today, there are more than 700 JMC Fellows at over 250 college campuses across the country.