American Democracy Forum





The American Democracy Forum, founded in 2010 with support from the Jack Miller Center, is devoted to the study of the principles of American political thought -- as they were articulated in the American Founding and in their continued role in the contemporary practice of American democracy. Housed within the American Democracy Forum and launched in 2013 is the Benjamin Franklin Initiative, a program supported by the Templeton Foundation that seeks to both broaden and narrow the ADF's discussion by exploring how innovation in science and technology influenced those founding principles and political practice in the Atlantic Enlightenment more broadly.

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1/25/14 -- NEW! 2014-2015 ADF Postdoctoral Fellow position announced. Read the official announcement here.

11/4/13 -- The Benjamin Franklin Initiative, a new program within the American Democracy Forum that explores the links between law, science, and politics in the American Founding and Atlantic Enlightenment more generally, is pleased to announce its first talk of the year on Friday, December 6 from 1:30pm-2:45pm in L155 in the Education Building. Christopher McClure from the Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard will be presenting research titled, "Learning from Franklin's Mistakes: Self-Interest Rightly Understood in the Autobiography." The talk will be co-sponsored by the Political Theory Workshop.


Goals of the American Democracy Forum:

  • INCREASE opportunities for undergraduates to study the founding principles and ongoing practice of American democracy.
  • PROVIDE opportunities for junior high and high school teachers to acess the latest research on the principles and practice of American democracy.
  • SUPPORT graduate students and early career scholars whose work focuses on the principles and practice of American democracy.
  • BUILD a conversation about the principles and practice of American democracy among leading scholars from a variety of disciplines at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and beyond.