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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    Haley Sinklair
    Online Programs Assistant
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    Tim Hedberg
    Video and Marketing Coordinator
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    Cassie Whalen
    Writer and Email Coordinator
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    Cory Eucalitto
    Special Projects Manager
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    Jaclyn Boudreau
    Video Producer
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    Braum Katz
    Web Projects Coordinator
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    Daniel Contreras
    Online Education Assistant
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    Scott Barton
    Senior Director of Online Programs
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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
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    Jeffrey Pierce
    Customer Experience and Marketing Manager
  • Ever since I can remember I’ve wanted to share ideas in an understandable and creative way with individuals all over the world. As an Online Programs Assistant, I’m lucky enough to translate this passion into reality by helping create interactive educational resources and tools for students through Learn Liberty videos and programs.

    When I’m not spending time babbling about the beauty of a free society, you can find me hunting for new music to dance to and share with others, pampering my cat-dog Ivy, or getting lost in nature.

  • It may sound silly, but I first became interested in “philosophy” as a child bouncing around exotic places like Venezuela, Costa Rica, Orlando and New Jersey. Questions like: ‘How do I know that my green looks the same as your green? Is it possible to think of literally nothing? And what is my moral responsibility to other people?’ kept me up late at night until I realized I could actually study this full time in college. These life experiences combined with my academic studies lead me to a strong conviction that humans need to be free from the coercion of other men.

    As a video producer and marketer for Learn Liberty my hope is to create content that, to quote Hayek, “…demonstrate[s] to men how little they really know about that which they imagine they can design.” That’s why we need to talk to each other, ask questions, and challenge each others’ ideas. Learn Liberty should get you talking and thinking about stuff that matters. If we aren’t doing that let us know because that means we went wrong somewhere along the way.

  • 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.

  • “Special Projects Manager” is pretty vague, but it really means that I’m constantly focused on creating the next, better version of Learn Liberty. That includes transforming Learn Liberty into a vibrant online community, where students can learn from one another – with the help of our fantastic content.

    I came to IHS after a few years researching and writing about state budget and public pension policy. My favorite things in the world include, but are not limited to, the Miami Marlins, good food and beer, rock and roll, The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, and the Miami Dolphins fight song.

  • Using my toolkit of web design, marketing, and video production, I build Learn Liberty’s bridge to aspiring academics and budding professors and help them propel their careers forward.

    While I love geeking out over domestic policy and Aristotelian philosophy, my other passion is using media to make these complex ideas accessible to a broader audience. When I’m not brainstorming new projects with the team, I’m talking about current events and sexuality issues on Liberty.me’s web show, Bourbon & Bitches, watching Disney movies, or social mediaing.

    Follow me on Facebook and Twitter, @jaclynboudreau1. Contrarians are welcome!

  • By day, I come to work on Learn Liberty with one goal in mind: discovering how to best leverage technology to educate millions in the ideas of liberty and connect fans with opportunities using their talents to make a difference.

    I became passionate about the ideas of a free society through my lifelong study of history, and conquest of liberty over the forces of tyranny and genocide. By night, I can be found engaged in a myriad of different activities and hobbies that include video gaming, hand drumming, covering my favorite hip hop artists, and  thinking about disruptive technologies and innovators.

  • As the Online Education Assistant at Learn Liberty I help create and run our Academy educational programs!

    I am from Guatemala but have bounced around a few places the last few years. When I’m not working I like to spend my free time listening to the best band in the world: Chumbawamba.

  • 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!


    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.

  • I ensure that you have a smooth, engaging, and delightful experience on Learn Liberty – as well as on TheIHS.org.

    Before joining Learn Liberty I taught social studies to middle schoolers. I am a nautical-mountain wanderer with degrees in psychology and philosophy. I grew up in the Rocky Mountains, but my more natural habitat is the Pacific Northwest. My inspirations include William James, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Frederic Bastiat, and Europe (the band). I’m happiest when gathering stories from people, or nestled inside a coffee shop with a notebook.

    If you want to see Learn Liberty do something differently, please reach out to me at jpierce@ihs.gmu.edu

Contribute to Learn Liberty

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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