Mackenzie Tor

M.A. Fellow in Political History,
Mackenzie Tor received her B.A. in History & Italian from Providence College and is currently completing her M.A. in History with Dr. Jeff Pasley. Her research interests include early American social and cultural history, and her thesis will examine segregation in the antebellum temperance movement. When not hard at work, Mackenzie enjoys reading, practicing yoga, and cheering on her favorite Boston sports teams. She joins the Kinder Institute as a Fall 2019 M.A. Fellow in History.

Zach Lang

Kinder Institute Ph.D. Fellow in Political Science,
Zach Lang earned his B.A. in Government from St. Lawrence University and is currently a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the Truman School of Government and Public Affairs at MU. His research areas are American Politics and Public Policy, specifically, federalism. His dissertation examines the rise in multi-state lawsuits against the federal government in recent decades. He will address what factors influence when states lead or participate in litigation against the federal government across different courts, policy areas, and presidential administrations, particularly the role of attorney’s general and solicitor’s general in this development. In his spare time, he enjoys running, hiking, kayaking, film, gaming, Dungeons and Dragons.

Brendon Floyd

Haskell Monroe Graduate Fellow in Civil War Era History,
Brendon Floyd holds a B.A. in History and an M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Johnson State College, as well as an M.A. in History from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He is now a Ph.D. student in History at University of Missouri, working under Jay Sexton as the Haskell Monroe Graduate Fellow in Civil War Era History. His research interests lay in Irish and Irish-American radicalism and identity in the Early American Republic.