Justin B. Litke is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Quincy Institute and Assistant Professor of Politics at the Catholic University of America. He is also a Fellow at Catholic University’s new Center for the Study of Statesmanship, which examines the roots of moderation, humility, compromise, and circumspection in politics, and places special emphasis on linking the institutional limits of power to the moral and cultural dimensions of restraint in both foreign and domestic affairs. An expert in American political thought, American constitutionalism, and the history of philosophy, Dr. Litke’s work concentrates on the function of political traditions in guiding moral and political actions in a republic and involves questions of representation, culture, and the relationship between policymakers and the average citizen. His first book, Twilight of the Republic: Empire and Exceptionalism in the American Political Tradition, concerned the philosophical and historical roots of imperial American exceptionalism. His current project centers on American statesman Henry Clay and the philosophical and moral preconditions for effective compromise in a republic. He has taught at George Washington University, Western Kentucky University, and Belmont Abbey College and his work has appeared in Society, The National Interest, The American Conservative, and the Journal of Church and State. He holds a B.A. from the Catholic University of America and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Georgetown University.