Thomas Woods

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Thomas Woods

Thomas E. Woods, Jr. (born August 1, 1972) is an American historian and New York Times bestselling author.[1]

Education and affiliations

He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. He served as a history department faculty member at Suffolk County Community College in New York until 2006, and is a senior faculty member of the Ludwig von Mises Institute (LvMI) in Auburn, Alabama, as well as a member of the editorial board for Libertarian Papers[2].

He was an ISI Richard M. Weaver Fellow in 1995–96. [3] Woods was also the recipient of the 2004 O.P. Alford III Prize for Libertarian Scholarship and of an Olive W. Garvey Fellowship from the Independent Institute in 2003. He has additionally been awarded two Humane Studies Fellowships and a Claude R. Lambe Fellowship from the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.[4]

Woods is co-editor of Exploring American History: From Colonial Times to 1877, an eleven-volume encyclopedia[5].

Catholicism, history, and political incorrectness

Woods is a convert to the Roman Catholic Church and author of The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy. He was associate editor of The Latin Mass Magazine, which advocates traditional Catholicism, for eleven years. As a traditional Catholic[6], he advocates the Extraordinary Form of the Mass and cultural conservatism[7]. His 2005 book, How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, is the basis for The Catholic Church: Builder of Civilization, a thirteen-episode television series airing on EWTN in 2008. The series examines the Church's influence on law, morality, science, and scholarship.[8]

Woods's writing has appeared in numerous popular and scholarly periodicals, including the American Historical Review, the Christian Science Monitor, Investor's Business Daily, Modern Age, American Studies, Journal of Markets & Morality, New Oxford Review, The Freeman, Independent Review, Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines, AD2000, Crisis, Human Rights Review, Catholic Historical Review, and the Catholic Social Science Review. He is a contributing editor of The American Conservative.

His most popular book to date was the 2004 New York Times bestseller[1] The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History (Regnery Publishing, 2004). He was also the author of the 2009 New York Times bestseller[9] Meltdown (Regnery Publishing, 2009), which featured a foreword by Congressman Ron Paul.

Reception of Woods's work in academia

In June 2005 Thomas Woods gave a series of ten lectures at the Ludwig von Mises Institute entitled "The Truth About American History: An Austro-Jeffersonian Perspective" as part of a seminar devoted entirely to Woods and his own areas of interest in American history. Woods has called for a strict interpretation of the United States Constitution, or preferably, the Articles of Confederation.[10]

He also hosted an eight-lecture seminar covering the material in his book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, to the Auburn University Academy for Lifelong Learners, hosted by the Mises Institute.[11] On 14 February 2007, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute announced that Woods' 2005 book, The Church and the Market, was the winner of the $50,000 top prize in the books category of the 2006 Templeton Enterprise Awards.[12]


As Author

As Editor