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Gary SchmittGary Schmitt is the director of the Program on American Citizenship. Previously, he served in senior positions in the U.S. Senate, the Reagan White House, and as president of the New Citizenship Project, a 501c3 dedicated to exploring the impact of public policy on American civic life. He is the author or editor of several volumes on issues pertaining to national security, and has also written and lectured on American history, constitutional law, political philosophy, and American political thought.



Rebecca Burgess manages the Program on American Citizenship. Prior to coming to AEI, Rebecca served as the director of programs for External Affairs at Hillsdale College, where she was also deputy editor of Imprimis. She has taught courses on American political theory and constitutional principles at both Hillsdale College and the University of Dallas, where she also served as the director of Residence Life and Student Life for several years. Rebecca is a doctoral candidate in Politics at the University of Dallas.