Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute
and creator of Tom Woods’s Liberty Classroom
He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s,
M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is the author of eleven
books, most recently Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse
and Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century
. His other books include the New York Times
A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy
Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse
(read Ron Paul’s foreword
) and The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History
, as well as Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush
(with Kevin R.C. Gutzman), Sacred Then and Sacred Now: The Return of the Old Latin Mass
, 33 Questions About American History You’re Not Supposed to Ask
, How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization
, and The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy
. His critically acclaimed
2004 book The Church Confronts Modernity
was recently released in paperback by Columbia University Press. A collection of Woods’ essays, called W obronie zdrowego rozsadku
was released exclusively in Polish in 2007. Woods’ books have been
translated into Italian, Spanish, Polish, French, German, Czech,
Portuguese, Croatian, Slovak, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.
Woods edited and wrote the introduction to five additional books: Back on the Road to Serfdom: The Resurgence of Statism, We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now (with Murray Polner), Murray N. Rothbard’s The Betrayal of the American Right, The Political Writings of Rufus Choate, and Orestes Brownson’s 1875 classic The American Republic. He contributed the preface to Choosing the Right College and the foreword both to Ludwig von Mises’ Liberalism and to Abel Upshur’s A Brief Enquiry into the True Nature and Character of Our Federal Government. He is also the author of Beyond Distributism, part of the Acton Institute’s Christian Social Thought Series.
Woods’ writing has appeared in dozens of popular and scholarly periodicals, including the American Historical Review, the Christian Science Monitor, Investor’s Business Daily, Catholic Historical Review, Modern Age, American Studies, Intercollegiate Review, Catholic Social Science Review, Economic Affairs (U.K.), Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Inside the Vatican, Human Events, University Bookman, Journal of Markets & Morality, New Oxford Review, Catholic World Report, Independent Review, Religion & Liberty, Journal of Libertarian Studies, Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines, AD2000 (Australia), Christian Order (U.K.), and Human Rights Review.
Woods won the $50,000 first prize in the prestigious Templeton Enterprise Awards for 2006, given by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the Templeton Foundation, for his book The Church and the Market.
He was 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 also been awarded two Humane Studies
Fellowships and a Claude R. Lambe Fellowship from the Institute for
Humane Studies at George Mason University and a Richard M. Weaver
Fellowship from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
For eleven years Woods served as associate editor of The Latin Mass magazine; he is presently a contributing editor of The American Conservative magazine. A contributor to six encyclopedias, Woods is co-editor of Exploring American History: From Colonial Times to 1877, an eleven-volume encyclopedia.
Woods has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, FOX News Channel, FOX Business
Network, C-SPAN, and Bloomberg Television, among other outlets, and has
been a guest on hundreds of radio programs, including National Public
Radio, the Dennis Miller Show, the Michael Reagan Show, the Dennis
Prager Show, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, and the Michael Medved Show. He
is a regular fill-in host on The Peter Schiff Show.
Woods lives in Topeka, Kansas, with his wife and four daughters.