Who is Learn Liberty?

Learn Liberty is your resource for exploring the ideas of a free society. We tackle big questions about what makes a society free or prosperous and how we can improve the world we live in. We don’t have all the answers - but we’ve got a lot of ideas.

By working with professors from a range of academic disciplines and letting them share their own opinions, we help you explore new ways of looking for solutions to the world’s problems.

You've got burning questions.

Why are so many violent criminals walking free? What are some of the weirdest reasons for making drugs illegal? Why is college so expensive?

Learn Liberty doesn’t have all the answers but we do have over 300 videos with real professors who can answer these questions, and many more you might not have considered, like the greatest myths about the Great Depression, or why all politicians sound the same.

Disagree with a professor? Let us know in the comments. Want us to answer a question? Submit it, and a professor may just answer it in our next video.

Have you checked out Learn Liberty's programs?

If you enjoy our videos, programs are a great way to explore ideas in more depth.

In Learn Liberty's programs, you'll find mind-expanding content featuring top professors that suits your schedule and style. From a short Q&A with experts to intensive discussion groups, programs offer an array of experiences with one goal in mind: making the world a better place. You can even earn points toward cool gear for participating.

So - are you in?

Want to change the world? Learn Liberty can help.

Through Learn Liberty, you can find opportunities to advance in your own life. Whether you want to connect with pro-liberty people and organizations, find funding for your advanced degree, or land a job at a think tank, you can find what you're looking for with Learn Liberty Opportunities.

"Be the change you want to see in the world."
- Gandhi

Meet the Team

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    Cassie Whalen
    Writer and Email Coordinator
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    Jaclyn Boudreau
    Video Producer
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    Scott Barton
    Senior Director of Marketing and Communications
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    Liz McCaffrey
    Video Producer
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    Daniel Winchester
    Product Manager, Online Education
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    Sloane Shearman
    Marketing Associate
  • As a Writer and Email Coordinator at Learn Liberty, I help create awesome content for the Learn Liberty blog and write and send Learn Liberty emails about our fresh new videos and programs.

    When I’m not freedoming it up at Learn Liberty, compulsively correcting grammar, or trying to persuade people that the Lego Movie is a libertarian masterpiece, I like cooking, swing dancing, and sewing my own costumes.

  • Jaclyn Boudreau is the Senior Manager of Learn Liberty at the Institute for Humane Studies. She supports the Learn Liberty content teams as they produce video and written content, making classical liberal ideas relevant and accessible to millions of college students. An avid follower of the Scrum methodology and Eric Ries’ Lean Startup, she uses agile frameworks for both personnel management and product development. She believes value creation happens when there is a balance between planning and experimentation, and when teams stay attuned to the changing ecosystems in which they are working.

    In her spare time, Jaclyn attends conferences and does consulting for organizations with budding video production capabilities. She also uses her production experience to publish embarrassing videos of her friends and family.

    She lives in Virginia with her HBO, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime accounts.

  • Along with Liz, I co-founded Learn Liberty in 2011 to bring the best classical liberal ideas to students around the world. Having worked at IHS for a few years, I saw all the cool things we show students at our in-person programs, and I wanted to make that content available to everyone, online. Since then, Learn Liberty has stood for the best professors talking about the coolest ideas in the world: those with the potential to make everyone freer and more prosperous.

    I grew up in Colorado and went to a tiny liberal-arts school in Iowa (Grinnell College). Since then, I’ve been living in DC and working at IHS, the best organization in the world for making the world a better place. We help students discover ideas that change their world and their careers. To see why, explore the videos and programs at Learn Liberty. If you feel inspired, check out IHS seminars and all the other stuff available in our opportunities section. I’d love for you to join me on this journey.

  • I’ve been a video producer for Learn Liberty since we launched our YouTube channel in 2011. I help professors take complicated issues they could spend whole semesters teaching, and distill those down to essential points that they can share with viewers in just a few minutes. Then I reach out to talented videographers, editors, graphic artists, and animators, and work with them to bring the concepts to life!

    I grew up in Brookline, MA, and graduated from Bowdoin College. A New England girl at heart, I split my time between our HQ in Arlington, VA, and the Seacoast Region of New Hampshire.

  • As the Online Education Product manager, my vision is to provide for you the best darn online space for an intensive classical liberal education. I focus my time on developing a “Learn Liberty curriculum” that covers all the fundamental precepts of classical liberalism.

    When I’m not thinking of ways to make Learn Liberty awesome, I like to write on my personal blog, play tennis, and root for my New York Rangers. My favorite authors are Oscar Wild, J.R.R. Tolkien,  Philip Roth, and Vladimiar Nabokov, but my libertarian list is Hayek, Smith, and Friedman. I’m originally from New Jersey, and I graduated from Yeshiva University in 2012 with degrees in Economics and French. Vive la liberté!

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    Sloane Shearman is a Marketing Associate at the Institute for Humane Studies, focusing primarily on Learn Liberty videos. An alumna of Penn State University and the Koch Associate Program, she is happy to be a part of the “intellectual adventure” of building a free society. She currently resides in Arlington, Virginia.

    You can contact her at sshearman@ihs.gmu.edu.

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Since 2011, Learn Liberty has shared the ideas of liberty with millions of students. We have over 300 videos and dozens of online programs. Our goal is not only to share these ideas, but to encourage students to learn more, do more, and keep asking questions

Support our efforts to help people learn about the ideas of a free society through videos. Your donations help us create more videos, promote them on Facebook and YouTube, and enhance our website.


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A Project of IHS

Learn Liberty is a project of the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS). Each year, IHS runs educational and talent development programs for students, including free, weeklong summer seminars that feature some of the faculty on Learn Liberty! IHS also awards scholarships, hosts webinars, and provides other forms of career assistance to students and recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in ideas. Through these programs, IHS promotes the study of liberty across a broad range of disciplines, encouraging understanding, open inquiry, rigorous scholarship, and creative problem-solving. Learn more about IHS’s mission and programs.

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