M.A. in Atlantic History & Politics

Applications for the next M.A. and M.A./J.D. cohorts will open in Fall 2021.

Kinder Institute Residential College

Admission & Scholarship applications for the 2022-23 Kinder Institute Residential College will open in Fall 2021.

B.A. in Constitutional Democracy

A new, interdisciplinary degree in Mizzou's College of Arts & Science

Fall 2021 Kinder Institute Events Calendar

"The (Un)written Constitution," "The First Reconstruction," "Theatre and Revolution in Saint-Domingue," and more

New Winter/Spring Study Abroad Opportunity

Applications are open now to enroll in Race and Politics in South Africa, a Winter/Spring 2022 course that includes an intersession study abroad component in Cape Town.

Spend a Summer in D.C.

Applications for the Kinder Scholars D.C. Summer Program are now open, with a deadline of October 29.

M.A. in Atlantic History & Politics

Kinder Institute Residential College

B.A. in Constitutional Democracy

Fall 2021 Kinder Institute Events Calendar

New Winter/Spring Study Abroad Opportunity

Spend a Summer in D.C.

OUR PROGRAMS

Isaac Baker, Class of 2020 (Bachelor of Education Studies, BA History)

The route I followed with the Kinder Institute took me from the Society of Fellows, to Oxford, to D.C., and I find the friends I made to be one of the greatest aspects of my experience with these programs.

On the Kinder Institute Undergraduate Experience

From a summer in D.C. with the Kinder Scholars program to her Journal on Constitutional Democracy publication, Riley Messer (Political Science) talks "dreaming big" as a Kinder Institute undergrad.

Lawrence Goldman, St. Peter's College (Oxford) & Kinder Institute Senior Fellow

You come from the heartland, and it is truly the beating heart of America and its history. Within three hours of Columbia, there are places that are central to America's destiny...where, today, American history is remembered.

Kinder Institute Endowed Chair Jay Sexton on the Historian's Craft

What's the secret to being a good historian? Find out here, in this brief interview with Rich & Nancy Kinder Chair in Constitutional Democracy and Professor of History Jay Sexton.

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Prof. Tara Ginnane, one of our incoming Postdoctoral Fellows in Political Thought & Constitutionalism, will introduce the Kinder Institute community to her scholarship with a talk on the legislative history and broader implications of a political phenomenon that usually gets little attention: how voting rights are exercised by Americans living or working abroad ... See MoreSee Less

Jefferson’s Ocean: Political Thought and the Terraqueous Globe

Jefferson’s Ocean: Political Thought and the Terraqueous GlobeOctober 1, 2021, 3:30pm410 JesseAs a tune-up for the MRSEAH meeting later in the evening, Hobart and William Smith Colleges Associate Professor of History Matthew Crow will give an October 1 talk on the history and reverberations, all the way into the present, of Jefferson’s ambivalent relationship with the world’s oceans (see abstract below). The talk will be held at 3:30pm in Jesse Hall 410 and is free and open to the public.

Abstract

We usually and quite rightly associate Jefferson, perhaps more than any other major figure in the political history of the United States, with territory, with land, and with the free and enslaved labor that worked it. Even so, Jefferson had a lifelong and deeply ambivalent relationship with the watery parts of the world, and there is much more at stake in the history of that relationship than just getting Jefferson right. His struggles with how to tackle problems of transoceanic commerce, maritime power, fisheries, and climate change on the traditional terms of landed rights and territorial sovereignty ran aground, but we still live with many of those struggles and problems. None of us are as free from these Jeffersonian dilemmas as we often imagine ourselves to be, and so it seems important to go back and think through some of the fundamental questions—about democracy, belonging, culture, and what it means to be human—that the world’s oceans pose to politics.

Matthew Crow is Associate Professor of History and Chair of the Law and Society program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. He received his PhD from UCLA in 2011, and in addition to several articles and essays, he is the author of Thomas Jefferson, Legal History, and the Art of Recollection, published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. He is currently at work on a second book project about Herman Melville and the idea of justice, in addition to future projects about the ocean and coasts in U.S. legal and intellectual history.
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“The Political Inclusion of Americans Abroad: History & Implications,” Colloquium with KICD Postdoc

“The Political Inclusion of Americans Abroad: History & Implications,” Colloquium with KICD PostdocSeptember 24, 2021, 3:30pm410 Jesse HallIntroducing the Pursuit of Happiness Hour community to her work, Kinder Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Thought & Constitutionalism Tara Ginnane will present her doctoral research on the history and implications for national identity and electoral outcomes of Americans abroad (see abstract below). Free and open to the public, the talk will be held on September 24 at 3:30pm in 410 Jesse.

Abstract

Americans abroad are an important but overlooked constituency in American politics. In the first place, they are important because they have the ability to influence election outcomes. But more deeply, their political inclusion raises questions about the United States’ identity as a territorial nation. This talk will reconstruct the Congressional history of voting rights for Americans abroad. Then, it will discuss what the political inclusion of Americans abroad means for understandings of American national identity.

Tara Ginnane, 2021-24 Kinder Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Thought & Constitutionalism, received her B.A. in Jurisprudence from University of Oxford (Balliol College) with first class honors; her LL.M. from University of Chicago; and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from University of Texas at Austin, writing a dissertation on The National Membership Politics of External Voting. Her scholarship on the separation of powers has been published in Polity and she served as a teaching assistant while at UTA for classes ranging from The Supreme Court and Public Policy, to Rethinking the Founding.
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A huge congratulations to Brittony Corneillier, academic advisor for History at Mizzou and Kinder Institute BAs in University of Missouri College of Arts and Science, for taking home the Missouri Academic Advising Associations 2021 Outstanding Academic Advising Award.

A huge congratulations to Brittony Corneillier, academic advisor for History at Mizzou and Kinder Institute BAs in University of Missouri College of Arts and Science, for taking home the Missouri Academic Advising Association's 2021 Outstanding Academic Advising Award. ... See MoreSee Less