Bradley Birzer is the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in History and Director of the American Studies Program at Hillsdale College, Michigan. He is the author of several books including Sanctifying the World: The Augustinian Life and Mind of Christopher Dawson, and J.R.R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-earth. Birzer is Chairman of the Board of Academic Advisors for the Center for the American Idea in Houston, as well as being a board member of Ave Maria University's Sapientia Press. He is also co-founder of The Imaginative Conservative website.