About Shaun Rieley

Senior Director, Advancement & Programs

Shaun Rieley is senior director for advancement & programs at The American Ideas Institute, which publishes The American Conservative. He has held positions at several nonprofit organizations in the Washington, D.C., area, focused on veterans policy, education policy, and philanthropy.

He holds a Ph.D. in political theory from The Catholic University of America, and an M.A. from St. John’s College, Annapolis, where he studied philosophy, political theory, and literature. As an undergraduate he studied political science at the University of Delaware. Shaun served as an enlisted infantryman in the Army National Guard for nine years, which included overseas tours in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. A native of Delaware, he lives in Hyattsville, Maryland, with his wife and two daughters.

Shaun’s dissertation focused on the political theory of Thomas More’s Utopia and its relation to Christian humanism and statesmanship. He teaches courses in political philosophy for Hillsdale College’s Van Andel Graduate School of Government in Washington D.C. and is working on converting his dissertation into a monograph.