Andy Hammann

Postdoctoral Fellow in U.S. Political History,
Andy Hammann is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri. Previously, he was a Lecturer at Stanford University in the Departments of History and African and African American Studies. His research and teaching focus on the intertwined histories of enslavement and race in the United States during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His current book project, Freedom in Black and White: The Politics of Black Expatriation in Nineteenth Century America, is the first scholarly work to tell, in full, the eighty-year story—from roughly 1816 to 1900—of political efforts to make Black expatriation a national objective. This greatly understudied movement—led by prominent politicians like Henry Clay, Francis Scott Key, and Abraham Lincoln—played a significant role, the book contends, in propagating the false premise that racial separation was natural, necessary, and patriotic. He has a forthcoming article in American Nineteenth Century History and has published book reviews in The Journal of the Civil War Era, Journal of the Early Republic, and American Journal of Legal History. He is also actively involved in the Universities Studying Slavery Consortium. He holds a BA from Yale University, an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD from Stanford University.

Tara Ginnane

Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Thought & Constitutionalism,
Tara Ginnane works in constitutional theory, political theory, and comparative constitutionalism. She received a BA from the University of Oxford, an LLM from the University of Chicago, a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, and a certificate in French and European law from the University of Paris (Panthéon-Assas). 

Tara’s political theory research focuses on how transnational political participation affects the spatiality of democracy. She is also interested in how territory matters to political community. Her dissertation, “The National Membership Politics of External Voting,” proposes normative guidelines for external voting policies based on an original comparative empirical study of their relationship to national membership. Tara’s constitutional theory research focuses on the normative logics of constitutional structures and has been published in Polity.  

Ferris Lupino

Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Thought & Constitutionalism,
Ferris Lupino holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Brown University. His manuscript project, American Stasis: Conflict, Order, and Leadership in Black Political Thought looks to the canon of black political thought to find ways of rethinking democratic politics and conflict and outlines how post-civil rights thinkers’ uses of classical materials provide alternatives to the assimilationist and separatist paradigms in US racial politics. From 2020-2021, he taught as a Lecturer at Seattle University. He joins the Kinder Institute as a Postdoctoral Fellow in American Political Thought and Constitutionalism.