FreedomTrust Team

Offering the lessons of freedom to future generations of Americans.
Thomas L. Krannawitter, Ph.D.

Thomas L. Krannawitter, Ph.D.


Dr. Krannawitter is co-founder of Speakeasy Ideas, a Colorado-based corporation, and one of the principal lecturers at the Leadership Program of the Rockies. He has taught at Claremont McKenna College, Hillsdale College, Ashland University, and George Mason University. Earlier in his career he was Vice President of the Claremont Institute, where he helped launch the Claremont Review of Books. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. Krannawitter has published in many journals and newspapers, and he speaks widely on matters of American politics, economics, education, constitutional jurisprudence, citizenship, and classical and modern political philosophy. His most recent book is Crisis Of Our House Divided: Talking Politics Without The Noise (2014). His 2008 book, Vindicating Lincoln, was featured by The History Book Club and was endorsed by the Chairman of the U.S Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

James R. Harrigan, Ph.D.

James R. Harrigan, Ph.D.


Dr. James R. Harrigan is CEO of FreedomTrust. Dr. Harrigan taught at the collegiate level for a number of years, became Dean of the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani, and later served as Director of Academic Programs at the Institute for Humane Studies and Strata, where he was also Senior Research Fellow. He has written extensively for the popular press, with articles appearing in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily, and a host of other outlets. His current work focuses on political economy, public policy, and political philosophy.

Antony Davies, Ph.D.

Antony Davies, Ph.D.

Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Davies is an associate professor of economics at Duquesne University. He is also a Mercatus Affiliated Senior Scholar at George Mason University. He has authored op-eds in over thirty newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and New York Daily News, and is a regular columnist for US News and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He is a frequent lecturer at policy conferences on Capitol Hill and at state capitals.

Dr. Davies was previously Chief Analytics Officer at Parabon Computation, President and co-founder of Paragon Software (now Take-Two Interactive), and co-founder and Chief Analytics Officer at Repliqa (now Zoo Entertainment). He holds a PhD in economics from SUNY-Albany.

Kirk L. C. Hamm, J.D.

Kirk L. C. Hamm, J.D.

Director, Legal Counsel

Dr. Hamm is a practicing attorney and member of the Colorado Bar, whose private practice focuses mainly on corporate transactions. He is also an assistant professor of Law and Criminal Justice at Everest College.

He is a former director for the People’s Press Collective, where he wrote extensively on matters of Constitutional Law and policy, as well as Austrian Economics and Investment.

He holds a J.D. and M.P.A. from the University of Colorado, concentrating on corporate law and public policy economics respectively.

Phillip W. Magness, Ph.D.

Senior Scholar

Phillip W. Magness is a historian based in the Washington, D.C. region. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from George Mason University, with fields in policy history, political economy, and international trade.

The core body of his research focuses upon the “long” 19th century United States, with a dual emphasis upon slavery and economic history. He is a leading expert on black colonization during the Civil War era, and its sometimes-strained relationship with the African-American emigrationist movement of the same period. His other works have explored historical tariff policy, the origins of the federal income tax, and the history of inequality in the United States, as well as numerous dimensions of Civil War era politics and diplomacy. He has also published extensively on the history, political economy, and business ethics of higher education.

Magness’ research has appeared in multiple scholarly and popular venues, including the Journal of the Early Republic, the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, Slavery & Abolition, Constitutional Political Economy, the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Supreme Court history, and Liberal Education. His popular press writings have appeared in Newsweek,, the History News Network, and the New York Times. He has appeared on broadcast outlets including NPR’s Marketplace and C-Span’s American History TV. He currently teaches at the Schar School of Public Policy at George Mason University.