Shawnee Trail Conference

In the early nineteenth century, the Shawnee Trail conveyed cattle from Texas pasture-lands to Missouri railheads and thence the nation. Over the past four years, the Shawnee Trail Regional Seminar has provided a serious but convivial setting for scholars working on any topic related to American politics or constitutionalism to exchange ideas with colleagues. The fifth annual conference aims to foster intellectual connections between institutions in this region and beyond. Scholars interested in American constitutional and political development and/or American political thought are particularly encouraged to participate. Meetings take place annually, rotating between Columbia, MO, and other locations. A roundtable format is utilized, with presenters circulating papers in advance of the meeting.

The 2019 Shawnee Trail Conference will be held March 7-8 in Columbia, MO, with a graduate workshop taking place on the 7th and panels on the 8th. In addition, a pair of book symposia will be held on the 7th, for Boston University Professor of Law and Paul M. Siskind Research Scholar Linda C. McClain’s Bigotry, Conscience, and Marriage: Past and Present Controversies (under contract with Oxford University Press) and Boston University Honorable Paul J. Liacos Professor of Law James E. Fleming’s Constructing Basic Liberties: A Defense of Substantive Due Process (under contract with University of Chicago Press).

A call-for-papers for the 2019 Conference will be made available on the Kinder Institute website prior to the start of the fall semester. A full list of panels and papers from the 2018 Shawnee Trail Conference can be found here, in the Institute’s Spring 2018 newsletter.

General inquiries about the 2019 Shawnee Trail Conference can be directed to Kinder Institute Director Justin Dyer (, and questions specifically about the March 7 graduate workshop should be directed to Baylor University Associate Professor of Political Science Curt Nichols (

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