The Bradley Prizes formally recognize individuals of extraordinary talent and dedication who have made contributions of excellence in areas consistent with The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation’s mission.  Up to four Prizes of $250,000 each are awarded annually to innovative thinkers and practitioners whose achievements strengthen the legacy of the Bradley brothers and the ideas to which they were committed.

 2017 Winners

_Williams6Walter E. Williams is a Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, Dr. Williams is also a well-known commentator and scholar, who has authored numerous scholarly articles and influential books, including: America: The State Against Blacks, which was made into the PBS documentary Good Intentions; Do the Right Thing: The People’s Economist Speaks; Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed On Discrimination? and Up From The Projects: An Autobiography, which was made into the PBS documentary Suffer No Fools. Dr. Williams writes a nationally syndicated weekly column that is carried by 140 newspapers and several web sites. He has made television appearances on Nightline; Firing Line; Face the Nation; Milton Friedman’s Free To Choose; Crossfire; MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour; and Wall Street Week. In addition, Dr. Williams was a regular commentator for CNBC’s Nightly Business Report, and he was an occasional substitute host for the Rush Limbaugh show for 20 years.

Peter Berkowitz is a political scientist and the Tad and Diane Taube Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Dr. Berkowitz, a former law professor and professor of government, has published numerous influential articles, essays and books including: Constitutional Conservatism: Liberty, Self-Government, and Political Moderation (2013); Israel and the Struggle over the International Laws of War (2012); Virtue and the Making of Modern Liberalism (1999); and Nietzsche: The Ethics of an Immoralist (1995).Dr. Berkowitz is also a leading public intellectual and advocate of classically liberal education. He is a contributor at RealClearPolitics and has written hundreds of articles, essays, and reviews on a range of subjects for a variety of publications.
Philip Hamburger is the Maurice & Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. Professor Hamburger has authored numerous books and articles on religious liberty, freedom of speech and the press, judicial office, administrative power, unconstitutional conditions, and other questions of constitutional law and its history. His books include: Separation of Church and State (2002), Law and Judicial Duty (2008), and most recently Is Administrative Law Unlawful? (2014). His most recent articles include: Chevron Bias (George Washington Law Review, 2016); Equality and Exclusion: How Exclusion from the Political Process Renders Religious Liberty Unequal (Notre Dame Law Review, 2015); Inversion of Rights and Power (Buffalo Law Review, 2015)


Christopher DeMuth is a Distinguished Fellow at the Hudson Institute. Mr. DeMuth served as president of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research from 1986 to 2008. He has served two tours in government — as staff assistant to President Richard Nixon in 1969 to 1970, working on urban and environmental policy, and, during President Ronald Reagan’s first term, as administrator for information and regulatory affairs in the Office of Management and Budget and executive director of the Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief. Mr. DeMuth’s previous affiliations include president of the board of directors of the Constitutional Enterprises Corporation (then-owner of National Review), grant advisor of the Searle Freedom Trust, director of Donors Capital Fund, member of the Visiting Committees of the University of Chicago Law School and the Kennedy School of Government, and chairman of several family businesses. His writings have appeared in numerous academic publications and in newspapers and opinion magazines such as the Wall Street Journal and the Weekly Standard.