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Dr. Cheek appointed Senior Fellow of National Public Policy Institute
Dr. H. Lee Cheek Jr.
MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College’s Dr. H. Lee Cheek Jr., chair of the Division of Social and Behavior Sciences, has been appointed as a Senior Fellow of the Alexander Hamilton Center for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) in Hamilton, N.Y.
AHI promotes rigorous scholarship and vigorous debate in the study of freedom, democracy, and capitalism. Its creation was inspired by the contributions of Alexander Hamilton to the founding and survival of the American Republic.
According to Dr. Robert Paquette, one of AHI’s founders, “Dr. Cheek will contribute mightily to AHI's effort to offer a rich menu of scholarly activities—lectures, colloquia, conferences, fellowships, internships, and awards—to educational institutions in upstate New York and across the country in support of scrupulous research into American history, politics, Western culture, and of reasoned conversations about them.”
The Institute’s programming centers on annual themes. Each year AHI sponsors an innovative colloquium that will bring together for intellectual exchanges senior experts in the subject under discussion and select undergraduates from multiple colleges. Paquette suggested that “Dr. Cheek was chosen as a senior fellow as the result of his vast knowledge of the Southern intellectual tradition.”
Dr. Cheek recently served as the discussion leader for an impressive national conference sponsored by the Alexander Hamilton Institute. The conference included students and faculty from Harvard University, Colgate University and Hamilton College. Paquette further noted “that with Cheek as a senior fellow, a large number of Brewton-Parker students will also be included in future conferences.”
Dr. Cheek received his bachelor’s degree from Western Carolina University, his M.Div. from Duke University, his M.P.A. from Western Carolina University, and his Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America. Dr. Cheek taught at BPC from 1997-2000, and he rejoined the Brewton-Parker faculty in 2005. In 2000, 2006 and 2007, Dr. Cheek was awarded BPC’s “Professor of the Year Award” by the student body.
From 2000 to 2005, Dr. Cheek served as Associate Professor of Political Science at Lee University. In May of 2002, Dr. Cheek was given Lee University’s Excellence in Scholarship award; and in May of 2004, he received Lee University’s Excellence in Advising award. He has also served as a congressional aide and as a political consultant.
Dr. Cheek’s books include Political Philosophy and Cultural Renewal (Transaction/Rutgers, 2001, with Kathy B. Cheek); Calhoun and Popular Rule, published by the University of Missouri Press (2001; paper edition, 2004); Calhoun: Selected Speeches and Writings (Regnery, 2003); Order and Legitimacy (Transaction/Rutgers, 2004); and a critical edition of W. H. Mallock’s The Limits of Pure Democracy (Transaction/Rutgers, 2007). He has also published numerous journal articles in publications like the Journal of Politics, Methodist History, International Social Science Review, Hebraic Political Studies, and is a regular commentator on American politics.
Dr. Cheek’s current research includes completing an intellectual biography of Francis Graham Wilson, a study of the American Founding, and a book on Patrick Henry's constitutionalism and political theory. Dr. Cheek is also the founder and director of the Wesley Studies Society. He currently serves on the editorial board of Humanitas and The University Bookman, and has served as a Fellow of the Wilbur Foundation, the Center for Judicial Studies, and the Center for International Media Studies.
Dr. Cheek lives in Vidalia with his wife, Kathy B. Cheek, who is the owner and artistic director of the Savannah Conservatory of Dance, and an accomplished teacher and choreographer.
Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south Georgia. Affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, the college holds classes on its main campus in Mount Vernon and six external learning centers around the state, including Baxley, Glennville, Liberty County, Newnan, Norman Park and Savannah.