About Us

Compass is an online journal that provides a space for the work of talented undergraduates who have original and well-articulated insights on important ideas and issues relating to American democracy understood in the broad contexts of political philosophy, history, literature, economics, and culture. Compass is a project of the Tocqueville Forum at Northern Illinois University, in partnership with the Center for Political Thought and Leadership (in the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership) at Arizona State University.


Published essays will usually be 1500-2000 words in length. The editorial team works closely with authors to prepare their essays for eventual publication.


Please submit your essays to Compass Editor Prof. Andrea Radasanu at compass@startingpointsjournal.com.