Peter W. Schramm

Professor of Political Science
Emeritus Chair, MAHG Program
Ashbrook Center Senior Fellow
Ashbrook Center
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Peter W. Schramm is Professor of Political Science at Ashland University and emeritus chair of the Master of Arts in American History and Government. From 1995 to 2013, he served as executive director of the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University. Prior to his work at Ashland, he served in the Reagan administration as the director of the Center for International Education in the United States Department of Education. Before entering government service, Dr. Schramm was the president of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy, in Claremont, California.

Dr. Schramm earned his Ph.D. in government from the Claremont Graduate School in 1980. He holds two Master of Arts degrees, one from Claremont in government and the other in international history from The London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London. He has received Ashland's Mentor Teaching Award seven times. Dr. Schramm has edited, co-edited and contributed to a number of books, including Natural Right and Political Right, The 1984 Election and the Future of American Politics, Lessons of the Bush Defeat, American Political Parties and Constitutional Politics, Consequences of the Clinton Victory, Separation of Powers and Good Government, Statecraft and Power, History of American Political Thought, The Heritage Guide to the Constitution, Why Coolidge Matters, Booker T. Washington: A Re-Examination and wrote the Introduction to Lord Charnwood’s Abraham Lincoln: A Biography (Madison Books, 1996). He has published in The Claremont Review of Books, The Historian, The Columbus Dispatch, The Cleveland Plain Dealer and other papers in Ohio.

Research Areas

Abraham Lincoln
Political Thought


Ph.D., The Claremont Graduate School
M.A., The Claremont Graduate School
M.A., The London School of Economics
B.A., California State University, Northridge

Courses Taught

AHG 510 - Ralph Ellison
AHG 503 - Sectionalism and Civil War
AHG 510 - Abraham Lincoln