Pepperdine University

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Pepperdine University is a medium-sized Christian university, with five schools and a main campus in Malibu, California. It is affiliated with the Churches of Christ, the autonomous congregations of which are not usually considered part of the political Christian Right. The school moved from an undergraduate college to a full university, with graduate and professional schools, in 1970.

Its affirmation states:

  • that God is revealed uniquely in Christ
  • that the educational process may not, with impunity, be divorced from the divine process
  • that the student, as a person of infinite dignity, is the heart of the educational enterprise
  • that the quality of student life is a valid concern of the university
  • that truth, having nothing to fear from investigation, should be pursued relentlessly in every discipline
  • that spiritual commitment, tolerating no excuse for mediocrity, demands the highest standards of academic excellence
  • that freedom, whether spiritual, intellectual, or economic, is indivisible
  • that knowledge calls, ultimately, for a life of service


Frank R. Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences

George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management

Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Law School

Kenneth Starr was dean from 2004 to 2010, when he became president of Baylor University. Bruce Einhorn, a retired immigration judge and signatory ofthe "Beyond Guantanamo" petitition, runs the asylum clinic and works in international humanitarian law.

School of Public Policy

The school does consider morality, civic community, and family as the "values have underpinned most republican societies since antiquity, and they constituted core concerns for our nation’s founders...This approach does not imply a blind or unquestioning endorsement of either of the two great traditions that have dominated public philosophy throughout the past century—progressive liberalism or conservatism. Our purpose, instead, is to re-center the argument about public policy upon those values that upheld the formation of our republic and can again serve as beacons both at home and abroad..." Dean James Wilburn suggests that the school creates leaders with values as well as technical skills.

Members of the Board of Visitors, chaired by Edwin Feulner, president of the Heritage Foundation, "share our commitment to a more expansive approach to public policy, an approach that recognizes the central importance of civil society, faith, and free-markets. Most importantly, board members share our strong belief that public leadership, perhaps more than any other field, requires a strong moral and ethical paradigm.

James Q. Wilson is Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy, who is identified as a conservative but also as an authority on urban renewal. Daniel Pipes, considered a hard-liner on Middle East policy, is a visiting professor.