Dennis Crouch

Judge C.A. Leedy Professor of Law, MU School of Law,
Professor Crouch is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Missouri School of Law. Prior to joining the MU Law Faculty, he was a patent attorney at McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP in Chicago, Illinois, and taught at Boston University Law School. He has worked on cases involving various technologies including computer memory and hardware, circuit design, software, networking, mobile and internet telephony, automotive technologies, lens design, bearings, HVAC systems, and business methods. He is also the editor of the popular patent law weblog: Patently-O.

Professor Crouch received his BSE in mechanical engineering cum laude from Princeton University, where he also earned a certificate in engineering management systems. He then earned his JD cum laude from the University of Chicago Law School. While at the University of Chicago, he was a Microsoft, Merck, & Pfizer Scholar and a member of the Olin Program in Law and Economics.
Prior to attending law school, Professor Crouch worked as a technical consultant for manufacturing firms in New England, as a research fellow at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, as a software developer at the Mayo Clinic’s department of biomedical imaging, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa. Dennis Crouch grew up on a farm near Pittsburg, Kansas.

Claire Syler

Associate Professor, Department of Theatre,
Claire Syler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at the University of Missouri and the former Education Director of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival in Tennessee. Her research focuses on applied theatre, the cultural politics of casting, and performance pedagogy, and has appeared in Theatre Annual, Qualitative Inquiry, Applied Theatre Research, and Research in Drama Education among others. With Daniel Banks, she co-edited Casting a Movement: The Welcome Table Initiative (Routledge 2019).

Hannah Paul

Assistant Professor, Truman School of Government & Public Affairs,
Dr. Hannah Paul joined the Truman School of Government and Public Affairs as an Assistant Professor in 2022. She studies comparative political behavior, the politics of immigration, and political representation. She has a special interest in time series and pooled times series analysis. Her current research interests focus on immigrant-origin political behavior, particularly refugees and asylum-seekers, as well as the effects of women’s representation. Her methodological research focuses on the implementation of models for pooled time series data in political science. Her work has been published in journals such as Political Science Research and Methods, Polity, Social Science Quarterly, and Legislative Studies Quarterly. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Colorado Boulder.

Michelangelo Landgrave

Assistant Professor, Truman School of Government & Public Affairs,
Michelangelo Landgrave joined the Truman School of Government and Public Affairs in Fall 2022. Prior to coming to Mizzou, he was a fellow at Princeton University’s Department of Politics and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP). He earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside and his MA in Economics from California State University, Long Beach. He was previously an associate fellow in the Federal Government’s Office of Evaluation Sciences (2021-2022).

His research has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Political Analysis, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Electoral Studies, and the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, among other outlets.

He coordinates the Truman Interdisciplinary Group for Experimental Research (TIGER), the S. Truman Research group on Immigration Political Economy (STRIPE), and the American Politics Research Group (APoRG).

Rigel Oliveri

Isabelle Wade and Paul C. Lyda Professor of Law, MU School of Law,
Professor Rigel Olvieri is a nationally recognized expert on fair housing law. Her scholarship focuses on housing discrimination, zoning and property rights, and sexual harassment. Her published work has appeared in a number of prestigious journals and been cited by state and federal courts. She is the co-author of a casebook, Sexual Harassment Law: Cases, History, and Practice, and co-editor of The Legal Guide to Affordable Housing Development. She has received numerous awards for public service.

Professor Oliveri teaches Constitutional Law, Fair Housing, Employment Discrimination, and Civil Procedure at the MU Law School, where she joined the faculty in 2004 and served as Associate Dean fir Research and Faculty Development from 2009 until 2015. She currently serves as Commissioner for the Columbia Housing Authority and on the Board of Mid-Missouri Legal Services.

Prior to joining the MU Law faculty, Professor Oliveri served as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Division, Housing and Civil Enforcement Section. She litigated and tried a number of significant cases involving housing discrimination and sexual harassment and housing. In 2003, she was awarded a Special Commendation from the Attorney General for outstanding service.

Professor Oliveri obtained her BA from the University of Virginia, where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa society and graduate with Highest Distinction. She obtained her JD from Stanford Law School, where she was Articles Editor for the Stanford Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. She clerked for the Honorable Stephanie K. Seymour, of the United States Court of Circuit Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, in Tulsa, OK.

Adriana Méndez Rodenas

Professor, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures,
Adriana Méndez Rodenas is Professor of Caribbean and Latin American Literatures in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Trained in Romance Studies at Cornell University (Ph.D) and Duke University (M.A.), she was professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa and came to the University of Missouri to direct the Afro-Romance Institute (2017-2021). Professor Méndez Rodenas’ areas of research are transatlantic studies, Caribbean literature, and travel writing. Her books explore the connection between gender and nineteenth-century Spanish American history. Gender and Nationalism in Colonial Cuba: The Travels of Santa Cruz y Montalvo, Condesa de Merlin (1998) retrieves a pivotal figure in Cuban letters, followed by critical editions of Merlin’s Les esclaves dans les colonies espagnoles (2005) and Viaje a la Habana (2009). Transatlantic Travels to Nineteenth Century Latin America: European Women Pilgrims (2014) traces the rise of Spanish American nationalism as documented in women’s travels. Currently she is engaged in Transatlantic Sketches: Fredrika Bremer’s American Journey (1851-1853) and the Iconography of the Plantation, a book on a pioneering Swedish novelist and early feminist whose travels to the U.S. and Cuba during the ante-bellum era show a comparative view of plantation society. Her research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Huntington Library, the Newberry Library, the Notre Dame Center for Advanced Studies, and the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University.

She serves on the editorial board of Karib-Nordic Journal for Caribbean Studies and Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana (IILI).



Thom Lambert

Wall Chair in Corporate Law and Governance, Professor of Law, MU School of Law,
Thomas A. Lambert is the Wall Chair in Corporate Law and Governance and Professor of Law. Prof. Lambert’s scholarship focuses on antitrust, corporate, and regulatory matters. He is the author of How to Regulate: A Guide for Policymakers (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2017) and co-author of Antitrust Law: Interpretation and Implementation (5th ed., Foundation Press, 2013). He has also authored or co-authored numerous book chapters and more than 20 journal articles in such publications as the Antitrust Bulletin, the Boston College Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, the Texas Law Review, and the Yale Journal on Regulation. He blogs regularly at Truth on the Market, a site focused on academic commentary on antitrust, business, and economic legal issues.

In 2017, Professor Lambert received the University of Missouri’s Kemper Faculty Fellowship (awarded annually to five professors throughout the university for exemplary teaching). He has also received the law school’s Blackwell Sanders Award for Teaching Excellence and the university-wide Gold Chalk Award for excellence in graduate teaching. He is a three-time winner of the University of Missouri Law School’s Shook Hardy & Bacon Excellence in Research Award, which is awarded annually for most outstanding faculty scholarship.

Before entering academia, Professor Lambert practiced law in the Chicago office of Sidley Austin and was a John M. Olin Fellow at Northwestern University School of Law and the Center for the Study of American Business (now the Murray Weidenbaum Center) at Washington University. After graduating from law school, he clerked for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Robert G. Bailey

Assistant Dean Emeritus, MU School of Law,
Bob Bailey is a 1968 graduate of Marist College and a 1979 graduate of the University of Missouri -Columbia School of Law, where he commenced his career after graduation. In 1983, Prof. Bailey became the City of Columbia’s Municipal Judge, serving for four years before returning to the MU Law School full time in 1987 as the Assistant Dean and Senior Fellow. Prof. Bailey is also Vice President of the National Academy of Arbitrators and has an active labor and sports arbitration practice. In addition, he is a Commissioner for the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniformed State Laws (NCCUSL), and he serves on the Uniform Athlete Agent Act and the Veterans Court Act drafting committees. Prof. Bailey is actively involved in campus committee work and chairs the mid-month Institutional Review Board (IRB), and he has a long history of community services. Presently, he chairs Boone County Family Resources, an agency providing services to 1,300 developmentally disabled citizens, and in the past, he has chaired the Family Health Center, the Central Missouri Food Bank, and the Regional Aids Inter-Faith Network (RAIN). He served as Director of the Law School’s nationally renowned Center for Dispute Resolution from 2005-2013, and he teaches Arbitration, a Lawyering Seminar, a first-year Lawyering class, and a Freshman Interest Group (FIG). Prof. Bailey is married to Sharon, and they have two daughters and four grandchildren.

Peverill Squire

Professor and Hicks and Martha Griffiths Chair in American Political Institutions, Truman School of Government & Public Affairs,
Peverill Squire joined the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri in 2007 and holds the Hicks and Martha Griffiths Chair in American Political Institutions. His Ph.D. is from the University of California, Berkeley (1986). Professor Squire previously taught at the University of Iowa and has been a visiting professor at Meiji University in Tokyo, Japan, and a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer, holding the John Marshall Chair in Political Science at the Budapest (Hungary) University of Economic Sciences. He was senior editor of Legislative Studies Quarterly for many years, has served as chair of the American Political Science Association’s Legislative Studies Section and as co-chair of the International Political Science Association’s Research Committee of Legislative Specialists, and was given the 2018 Career Achievement Award by the American Political Science Association’s State Politics and Policy Section. Professor Squire specializes in American politics and legislative studies.

Jeffrey Milyo

Professor and Chair, Department of Economics,
Jeffrey Milyo is Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri and senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC. He earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University and served on the faculty of Tufts University and the University of Chicago before coming to MU in 2004. Professor Milyo teaches courses in political economics, law and economics, health economics, and the economics of discrimination. Professor Milyo’s research interests include American politics and public policy evaluation, and his recent work investigates the efficacy of campaign finance reforms, the effects of voter ID laws, disparities in policing and sentencing, and the causes and consequences of political corruption.