Tara Ginnane

Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Thought & Constitutionalism, tginnane@missouri.edu
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, falgk6@missouri.edu
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.

Billy Coleman

Kinder Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in Political History, colemanw@missouri.edu
Billy Coleman completed a Ph.D. in History at University College London (UCL) and is the author of Harnessing Harmony: Music, Power, and Politics in the United States, 1788-1865 (University of North Carolina Press, August 2020). His research articles also appear in the Journal of Southern History and the Journal of the Early Republic. On top of a previous stint at the Kinder Institute, he has been a postdoctoral research and teaching fellow with the Department of History at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, a doctoral exchange scholar at Yale University, and has held teaching posts at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Portsmouth. Born in Houston but raised in Sydney, Australia, he earned a B.A. with honours and the University Medal from the University of New South Wales. His new project, “Making Music National in a Settler State,” is exploring the transnational origins of national music in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Dr. Coleman is currently the North American-based Book Reviews Editor for the peer-reviewed journal, American Nineteenth Century History. He re-joins the Kinder Institute as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Political History.