Ian Crowe

Ian Crowe

Ian Crowe is a Senior Fellow of the Russell Kirk Center and director of the Edmund Burke Society of America. He is currently an associate professor of History at Brewton-Parker College, Mount Vernon, Georgia, and book review editor of the journal Studies in Burke and His Time.

Ian’s research interest is the career and writings of the eighteenth-century Irish politician and thinker Edmund Burke, regarded by many as the father of modern intellectual conservatism, and a figure whose thought was central to the writings of Russell Kirk. He also writes and lectures on the wider history of the development of British and American conservative thought since the French Revolution. His publications include An Imaginative Whig: Reassessing the Life and Thought of Edmund Burke (2005), The Enduring Edmund Burke (1997), Unwelcome Truths (1997), “The Hereditary Peerage: a Voice in and for Rural Britain” in Another Country, and a number of articles and reviews in Modern Age, The Civil War Book Review, The University Bookman, and Conference and Common Room.

Ian's monograph study of Edmund Burke’s “pre-political” writings, Patriotism and Public Spirit: Edmund Burke and the Role of the Critic in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Britain, is scheduled for publication by Stanford University Press in August 2012. See details at Amazon or the publisher. He is also compiling and editing an anthology of some of Burke’s less familiar works. Provisionally entitled “Edmund Burke and the Politics of Common Sense,” this project is designed to increase awareness of the breadth and diversity of Burke’s thought among students and the wider public.

Ian is concerned to make Burke’s historical and intellectual influence on conservative thought in Europe and the United States recognizable to young scholars, and it was this interest that first brought him to the Russell Kirk Center. His efforts to move Burke studies on from the ideologically driven debates of the Cold War period are also a tribute to the spirit of scholarship in which Russell Kirk, Peter Stanlis, and Francis Canavan invigorated Burke studies and ensured that Burke’s thought would remain vital and accessible to future generations.

Ian studied Modern History at the University of Oxford and earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before moving to Chapel Hill, he and his wife were resident in Mecosta, where he served as program director for the Kirk Center from 2000 to 2002.

A “conservative character [is] suspicious of doctrinaire alteration, respectful toward history, preferring variety over uniformity, acknowledging a moral order composed of human persons, not of mere political and economic atoms subservient to the state.”

Russell Kirk, A Program for Conservatives, 1954

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Kirk on Campus Hosts Douthat, Tanenbaum, and Bauerlein at Hope College

Join Kirk on Campus at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, on Thursday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m., for a spirited conversation with Ross Douthat of the New York Times, Sam Tanenhaus of the New York Times, Mark Bauerlein of First Things, moderated by Hope College’s Jeff Polet, about how the American conservative and progressive movements are being reshaped by 2016 election and the Trump presidency, and what it means for the future. Register for this free event here.

Nov 2017

Announcing Kirk on Campus

We are pleased to announce a web presence for Kirk on Campus, our new project that celebrates and defends the permanent things at America’s colleges and universities. As a unique source of cultural conservative thought, Kirk on Campus fills a critical niche in the national conversation. The program will bring scholars unashamed but not uncritical of the great legacy of America and the West to schools across Michigan and its neighboring region. In doing so it will help contribute to a greater variety of thought and informed opinion, as well as to cultivate much-need civilized discourse.

Nov 2017

Edwards on Kirk

Lee Edwards has written an essay on Kirk in the Fall 2017 edition of Modern Age—“The Mind Behind ‘The Conservative Mind’,” outlining the unique traits of character, background, and mind that enabled Kirk to write his catalytic book, The Conservative Mind.

Nov 2017