Richard J. Bishirjian, President and Professor of Government at Yorktown University, is a businessman and educator. He earned a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh (1964), and a Ph.D. in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame (1972) under the direction of Gerhart Niemeyer. While a graduate student at Notre Dame, and later as a member of the Faculty of the University of Dallas, he studied under Eric Voegelin. After completing graduate work at Notre Dame, he did advanced study with Michael Oakeshott at the London School of Economics (1968/69). On sabbatical from the College of New Rochelle in 1978, he studied Sanskrit at the Southern Asia Institute, Columbia University (1978).
Dr. Bishirjian taught at universities and colleges in Indiana, Texas and New York from 1968 to 1981. He is the author of a history of political theory (1978) and editor of A Public Philosophy Reader (1978). The introduction to that collection of essays has been published as The American Political Tradition and the Nature of Public Philosophy (2004). He is a student of classical Greek philosophy, and specializes in analysis of modern ideologies, and 19th century philosophy and political theory. His interests include American Government and Constitutional Law, Ethics, and the problem of secularization of Western culture. During his academic career in New York, he was active in local Republican politics, was an elected Republican Committeeman in Tarrytown, New York, and served on the Board of New York State Political Action Committee (NYSPAC), organized by family and former staff of U.S. Senator James Buckley.
Dr. Bishirjian has been a member of the Philadelphia Society since 1975 and serves as an Editorial Advisor, and frequent contributor, to the quarterly journal founded by Russell Kirk, Modern Age. Recent articles published in Modern Age include, "Origins and End of the New World Order" (Summer 2004), "The Creation of a Conservative Intellectual" (Spring 1998), "Daimonic Men" (Winter 1996), and "Hegel and Classical Philosophy" (Winter 1992). He is currently working on a new edition of The Development of Political Theory: A Critical Analysis originally published in 1978, and has begun writing a screenplay the working title for which is "Coda."