About IHS

A free society is a humane society, enabling widespread prosperity as well as human dignity.  IHS works with sudents and professors around the country to advance the principles of a free society in the academic arena. Our vision is to transform America's colleges and universities into a positive force for greater freedom, opportunity, and well-being for all. 

The mission of IHS is to support the achievement of a freer society by discovering and facilitating the development of talented students, scholars, and other intellectuals who share an interest in liberty and in advancing the principles and practice of freedom.

With decades of experience, IHS is the premier provider of education in the ideas of liberty for college students. And, with a growing network of more than 10,000 professors across the country, IHS is the leader in supporting current and aspiring scholars who appreciate the power of freedom.

  • IHS is reaching millions of college students a year with the ideas of freedom through online, on-campus, and in-person educational programs.
  • Through fellowships, unique career-development programs, and one-on-one mentoring, IHS is helping thousands of graduate students develop careers as freedom-advancing professors.
  • And through innovative training programs and career opportunities IHS is amplifying the impact of freedom-friendly professors in their classrooms, on their campuses, and through their research.  

Founded in 1961 by Dr. F.A. “Baldy” Harper, a former economics professor at Cornell University, the Institute has been affiliated with George Mason University since 1985 and is located on GMU’s Arlington campus.