Dr. Bradley J. Birzer holds the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in History at Hillsdale College as well as the Director of the American Studies Program, and Associate Professor of History. Dr. Birzer teaches courses on the Civil War, the American West, and twentieth century Christian humanism. He is the author of several books, including, "American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll" and "J.R.R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-earth". Mr. Birzer is also the co-founder of the online publication, The Imaginative Conservative.