Craig Yirush

Craig Yirush
  • Discipline: American History
  • Organization: University of California, Los Angeles


Craig Yirush received his B.A. (1990) and M.A. (1994) in history from the University of British Columbia. He then took an M.Phil. in Political Thought and Intellectual History from Cambridge University (1995). He completed his doctorate, entitled “From the Perspective of Empire: The Common Law, Natural Rights, and the Formation of American Political Thought,” at The Johns Hopkins University (2003). His research interests include the development of political ideas in the early modern British Atlantic, church-state relations in colonial America, the question of Amerindian rights in the first British Empire, and the connection between law and political theory in early modern Europe. Dr. Yirush’s fields of interest include Colonial British America; the American Revolution; and the history of early modern political thought.

In addition to his scholarly work, Craig has done policy work at Canada's Fraser Institute. Craig was a fellow in residence at IHS in 2000.

IHS Program Participation

  • Summer Graduate Research Fellowship '00
  • Scholarship & the Free Society '98
  • Graduate Summer Seminar '94
  • Humane Studies Fellowship '94 - '00