Tocqueville Scholars

Every year, the Forum accepts eight to twelve outstanding students as Tocqueville Scholars. These students participate in a series of seminar discussions led by our guest speakers and other academic programming.


James Madison’s Antislavery Constitution (March 24, 2022)
Dr. Lynn Uzzell, Washington & Lee and University of Virginia

  • James Madison, Notes of Debates of the Federal Convention of 1787 (selections)
  • James Madison, “Vices of the Political System of the United States” (ca. 1787)
  • James Madison, The Federalist, nos. 42-43, 54 (1788).

Can Religion be Legislated? (November 15, 2021)
Dr. James R. Stoner, Jr., Hermann Moyse, Jr., Professor and Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute in the Department of Political Science at Louisiana State University.

  • James Madison, “Memorial and Remonstrance” (1785)
  • Leo XIII, Longinqua (1895)
  • Massachusetts Body of Liberties (1641)

Natural Law, Natural Rights, and the American Founding (September 27, 2021)
Dr. Vincent Phillip Muñoz, Tocqueville Associate Professor of Political Science and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame

  • Declaration of Independence (1776)
  • Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Roger Weightman (1826)
  • John Locke, Second Treatise of Government (1689)
  • Alexander Hamilton, “The Farmer Refuted” (1775)
  • James Wilson, Lectures on Law (1790)
  • James Madison, “Property” (1792)




































2020-2021 cohort of Tocqueville Scholars with Richard Reinsch (Liberty Fund).