Robert Alt is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Buckeye Institute.
Alt’s leadership has been the catalyst for Buckeye’s exponential growth since he took the organization’s helm in 2012. He is the founder of its Economic Research Center and Legal Center, from which the Buckeye team not only imagines public policy victories but compels them with sound data, objective research, and strategic litigation.
Alt is a distinguished scholar with expertise in legal policy including criminal justice, national security, and constitutional law. Prior to heading The Buckeye Institute, Alt was a Director in The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies under former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III.
Alt has provided commentary on CNN, Fox News Channel, PBS and its affiliates, and numerous syndicated radio programs for more than two decades.
In 2004, Alt spent five months in Iraq as a war correspondent. He also previously taught national security law, criminal law, and legislation at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Alt earned his J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School, where he was Symposium Editor and the winner of the Mulroy Prize for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy as well as Research Assistant to renowned law professor Richard Epstein. Following law school, Alt clerked for Judge Alice Batchelder on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Alt graduated with his B.A. in political science and philosophy magna cum laude from Azusa Pacific University where he won the Outstanding Senior Award in Political Science.