Dr. Thomas G. West is the prestigious and current Paul Ermine and Dawn Tibbetts Potter endowed professor in politics at Hillsdale College.
West is a Director and Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute, which has supported and publicized his research. Born in 1945, Dr. West received his B.A. from Cornell University in 1967 and his Ph.D from Claremont Graduate University in 1974.
He served in the Vietnam War as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1969-70. He was Bradley Resident Scholar at the Heritage Foundation in 1988-89, and Salvatori Visiting Scholar at Claremont McKenna College from 1990-92.