Directory

More than anything, the Kinder Institute is a vibrant, diverse community of scholars who share not only an academic interest in rigorously unpacking the complex history of constitutional democracy in the U.S. and around the globe but also a commitment to collective inquiry. Both in the classroom and beyond it, our undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty learn both alongside and from one another, and they do so with the kind of civility and interdisciplinary curiosity that is essential to generating innovative scholarship and engaging in productive discourse.

You can contact the Kinder Institute front desk with questions at, (573) 882-3330. For questions regarding events, email Allison Smythe, SmytheA@missouri.edu, and for questions regarding undergraduate programs, contact Thomas Kane, KaneTC@missouri.edu.

Use the tabs below to meet the people who make up the Kinder Institute.

Alan Atterbury

Alan Atterbury

Advisory Board,

Alan L. Atterbury received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Missouri and his J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law. He served as an active-duty Army officer, after which he acted as Attorney Advisor to Federal Power Commission Vice-Chairman Pinkroy C. Walker, former Dean of the MU School of Business and practiced law as a partner at Morrison & Hecker (now Stinson, Leonard, Street). Mr. Atterbury was co-founder and founding CEO of Midland Loan Services (MLS), a national real estate financial services company based in Overland Park, KS. MLS, now owned by PNC Financial Services, is currently the nation’s second-largest commercial real estate loan servicer with approximately $400 billion of loans under management. Mr. Atterbury continues to be active in Midland Properties, Inc., a local investment management company. He has served as a board member at the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, the Midwest Research Institute, and the Kansas City Missouri Police Foundation, and as chair of the UMKC Trustees and UMKC Foundation boards. He is married to Mary Pearson Atterbury, a graduate of the MU School of Education, and they have three children: Jennifer, Andrew, and David.

Heather Ba

Heather Ba

Affiliated Faculty,

Heather Ba is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri, as well as the Research Coordinator for the White House Transition Project (http://whitehousetransitionproject.org). She completed her Ph.D. at UNC-Chapel Hill, and her research interests include international political economy, U.S. foreign policy, and the American presidency. Specifically, her scholarship examines the linkages between international relations theory and the conduct of U.S. foreign policy, U.S. foreign policy crisis management, and the role of presidential advisory systems in U.S. foreign policy decision making. Additionally, through her work with the White House Transition Project, she studies presidential transitions, the politics of executive appointments, and presidential behavior during foreign policy crises.

Robert G. Bailey

Robert G. Bailey

Affiliated Faculty,

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.

Jenelle Beavers

Jenelle Beavers

Advisory Board,

In 2018, Jenelle Beavers joined the UM System Office of the General Counsel after serving as the Associate Director of MU’s Honors College. Before moving back to Missouri, she spent eight years as a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice. In 2011, she earned a special commendation from the Assistant Attorney General for Outstanding Service for her work on behalf of U.S. taxpayers. From 2005-2008, she was a litigation associate in the Washington D.C. office of Latham & Watkins, where she represented individuals, non-profit and for-profit entities, and other institutional clients in white-collar and governmental investigations and civil litigation. She also served on the firm’s global hiring committee. Originally from Kansas City, MO, Ms. Beavers holds a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri and credits her professional success to her undergraduate curricular and extracurricular experiences at MU. She earned her J.D. and M.P.H. from the University of Michigan where she was an editor of the Michigan Law Review. Ms. Beavers also currently serves on the Missouri Supreme Court’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness.

Jean Becker

Jean Becker

Advisory Board,

Jean Becker was chief of staff for George H.W. Bush from March 1, 1994, until his death on November 30, 2018. She supervised his office operations in both Houston, Texas, and Kennebunkport, Maine, overseeing such events as the opening of the George Bush Presidential Library Center in 1997 and the commissioning of the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier in January 2009 and coordinating his special projects such as the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund. She took a leave of absence in 1999 to edit and research, All the Best, George Bush; My Life in Letters and Other Writings.

Previously, Ms. Becker served as deputy press secretary to First Lady Barbara Bush from 1989 to 1992.  After the 1992 election, she moved to Houston to help Mrs. Bush with the editing and research of her autobiography, Barbara Bush, A Memoir.  She later assisted Mrs. Bush with a follow-up book, Reflections, published in 2003.

Before joining the Bush White House staff in 1989, Ms. Becker was a newspaper reporter for 10 years, including a four-year stint at USA TODAY, where her duties included covering the 1988 presidential election and serving as a Page One editor.

Ms. Becker grew up on a family farm in Martinsburg, Missouri, and was valedictorian of her country high school.  She graduated from the University of Missouri in 1978 with a bachelor’s in journalism and a bachelor’s in arts with a major in political science. She was recognized as an outstanding alumnus by the University of Missouri in 2017.

She is a member of the board of directors for Points of Light, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, and the George and Barbara Bush Foundation. She also is a member of the advisory board of The George Bush Presidential Library Center and The George Bush School of Government and Public Service. Her book about Mrs. Bush, Pearls of Wisdom, was a New York Times best-seller when it was released on March 3, 2020. She is working on a second book about President Bush’s post presidency, to be published in 2021.

Thomas Bennett

Thomas Bennett

Kinder Institute Faculty,

Kinder Institute Associate Professor of Constitutional Democracy, MU Law Associate Professor and Wall Family Fellow
Thomas Bennett is Associate Professor of Constitutional Democracy at the Kinder Institute and Associate Professor and Wall Family Fellow at MU’s School of Law, where he teaches constitutional law and civil procedure. His research focuses on how complex civil litigation strains the relationship between state and federal courts and impacts the separation of powers. Professor Bennett’s scholarship has appeared or will appear in the NYU Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, and the Minnesota Law Review. Before joining the faculty in 2020, he was a Furman Academic Fellow at NYU School of Law and spent four years in private practice litigating appeals, complex civil cases, and administrative matters. Professor Bennett is also a former law clerk to the Honorable Gerard E. Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable Jesse M. Furman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He holds a JD magna cum laude from NYU School of Law and a BA with honors from Swarthmore College.

Ann Birsinger

Ann Birsinger

Kinder Scholars,

Ann Birsinger is a second-year student at the University of Missouri, majoring in Political Science. She currently works at Starbucks and is an active member of the Mizzou College Democrats. She is a recent recipient of the 2019-20 Claire McCaskill Scholarship, which rolled over to 2020-21, and is an active member in her local political community. Upon graduation, Ann hopes to attend law school and ultimately aspires to be a political activist.

 

William Bloss

William Bloss

Atlantic History M.A. Cohort,

William Bloss holds B.A.s in History and Political Science from the University of Missouri. William’s research focuses on American agriculture developments and trans-Atlantic geopolitics in the nineteenth century. He was a Kinder Undergraduate Fellow in the 2018-19 class. Outside of class, he enjoys cycling, hiking, and board games with friends.

Logan Boone

Logan Boone

Undergraduate Fellows, Kinder Scholars,

Logan Boone is a History and Economics major in his final year at Mizzou. Logan focuses on ancient history in his studies, particularly the history of Rome. He is a current member of the Student Fee Review Committee, Mizzou Undergraduate History Society, Sustain Mizzou, and the Kinder Institute Society of Fellows. After graduation, Logan hopes to attend law school so that he can attain his goal of becoming an immigration lawyer.

 

J.D. Bowers

J.D. Bowers

Affiliated Faculty,

J.D. Bowers is the Director of the Honors College and a scholar of genocide studies. He earned his undergraduate degree in government at The College of William & Mary and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history at Indiana University. Professor Bowers’ research focuses on post-genocide justice and societal reconciliation, which he approaches from an interdisciplinary lens. He is currently completing a book project on the last sixty years of the Cyprus conflict, a situation that has festered due to the lack of reconciliation or justice, as well as working on a project about the role of the international courts in the pursuit of international justice. Professor Bowers regularly teaches courses on genocide, public affairs, and history, and also offers a wide variety of Honors courses, including “Barbecue: Cuts, Culture, and Consumption.” He also has a special interest in teaching abroad and routinely takes students to The Netherlands, Cyprus, and Turkey.

Matthew Bozeman

Matthew Bozeman

Kinder Scholars,

Matthew Bozeman is an MU junior from O’Fallon, Missouri, majoring in Political Science with minors in Sociology and History. At Mizzou, Matthew is currently involved with the Brooks Scholars Program and the Associated Students of the University of Missouri (ASUM), which works to increase civic engagement and knowledge about the electoral process amongst MU students. Matthew is passionate about social justice advocacy and plans to attend law school or graduate school to further their education post-graduation. In their free time, they enjoy singing, listening to vinyl records, and studying Black feminist thought.

 

Courtney Bullard

Courtney Bullard

Atlantic History M.A. Cohort,

Courtney Bullard earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Missouri. As an M.A. candidate, she plans to continue to pursue her scholarly interests in women’s history and international relations.

Lawrence Celani

Lawrence Celani

Graduate Fellows,

Goodrich Fellow, State Historical Society of Missouri, Kinder Institute Graduate Research Affiliate
Lawrence Celani received his B.A. in History and Philosophy from the University of Rhode Island, and his M.A. in American History from Providence College. He is interested in the politics of slavery and freedom in the Missouri and Illinois borderland region in the early republic, and his dissertation examines the political and legal regimes on both sides of the river, and the process by which this region moved from a unified one, connected by a shared colonial heritage and institutions, to one divided along sectional lines by the Civil War. He argues that this process was accelerated during the period between 1818 and 1824 that saw a series of national and regional crises that enhanced the political, social, and economic divisions that arose in the antebellum period in these states. In addition to his research, Lawrence is working with the Missouri Humanities Council on a traveling exhibit that will commemorate the bicentennial of Missouri’s statehood and the local and national crises that surrounded it.

Kadie Clark

Kadie Clark

Kinder Scholars,

Kadie Clark is a senior from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, studying Geography and Economics. During her time in Columbia, she has served as a site leader for Mizzou Alternative Breaks, as an English tutor with Refugee and Immigration Services, and as a member of Marching Mizzou’s trumpet section. Currently, Kadie is an undergraduate teaching assistant for the Economics Department, a cartographic/GIS intern with the Missouri Spatial Data Information Service (MSDIS), and a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Post-graduation, Kadie is interested in gaining work experience with spatial analysis, conservation, or environmental economics before pursuing graduate studies.

 

Billy Coleman

Billy Coleman

PostDoctoral Fellows,

Kinder Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in Political History
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.

 

Carli N. Conklin

Carli N. Conklin

Kinder Institute Faculty,

Kinder Institute Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of Constitutional Democracy, Associate Professor of Law, conklinc@missouri.edu
Carli N. Conklin is an Associate Professor at the School of Law and Associate Professor of Constitutional Democracy at the Kinder Institute.

Professor Conklin’s research interests are in American legal and intellectual history. She completed her B.S. in English and M.A. in Education at Truman State University and studied law and history at the University of Virginia through a joint J.D./M.A. program in American legal history. She was awarded the School of Law’s Madeleine and John Traynor Prize for her Master’s thesis, which explored state court treatment of arbitration in early America. Professor Conklin served as Associate Professor of History and Co-Director of the Pre-Law Professional Program at John Brown University before returning to U.Va. to complete her Ph.D. in History. Her dissertation explored the meaning of the pursuit of happiness in historical context.

Professor Conklin’s research has been published by the American Journal of Legal History, the Ohio State University Journal on Dispute Resolution, the University of Missouri Journal of Dispute Resolution, and the Washington University Jurisprudence Review. Her recent book, The Pursuit of Happiness in the Founding Era:  An Intellectual History, was published through the Kinder Institute’s Studies in Constitutional Democracy monograph series with the University of Missouri Press.

Professor Conklin teaches courses in lawyering and dispute resolution at the School of Law and courses on intellectual history at the Kinder Institute. She serves as the Kinder Institute Director of Undergraduate Studies, coordinating, among other things, the Society of Fellows program and the Constitutionalism and Democracy Honors College course series.

Ian de Boer

Ian de Boer

Atlantic History M.A. Cohort,

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Ian de Boer has lived most of his life in the Midwest. He earned his degree in History from Mizzou, where he fostered many of his passions, including travel, German, and history, and parlayed them into burgeoning research interests in international cultural exchanges and collective memory. He plans to continue grappling with these areas as an M.A. student, while also expanding his intellectual horizons. He served during the 2019-20 academic year as the Kinder Institute’s Oxford Fellow at Corpus Christi College, and he hopes to carry his skills and interests into Ph.D. study after his time in the M.A.

Andrew Deyoe

Andrew Deyoe

Undergraduate Fellows,

Raised in Webb City, MO, Andrew Deyoe is a 2nd year student at Mizzou, with majors in Business Administration and Political Science and a minor in Military Science. He participates in Army ROTC and is a member of the Missouri National Guard. Other organizations he has participated in include the Deaton Scholars Program, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Model United Nations, Mizzou Democrats, and the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law organization. He is also serving during 2020-21 as an ambassador for Tiger Pantry and a Mizzou Alternative Breaks Site Leader. Andrew is particularly interested in the intersection of ancient and modern political thought with current issues concerning climate change, environmental protection, and economic inequality. In his free time, he enjoys playing the violin, reading self-help books and literature, running, cycling, and cooking. Following his undergraduate pursuits, he hopes to attend law school and eventually work for the State Department while also serving as an army officer in the National Guard.

 

Jay Dow

Jay Dow

Kinder Institute Faculty, Advisory Board,

Kinder Institute Faculty Fellow, Professor of Political Science, dow@missouri.edu
Jay Dow is Professor of Political Science and 2017-2020 Frederick A. Middlebush Chair in Political Science. Before coming to the University of Missouri, he earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Dow’s research focuses on voting and elections, which he approaches from the public choice tradition in political science, as reflected in his recent book, Electing the House: The Adoption and Performance of the Single-Member District Electoral System (University Press of Kansas, March 2017). Professor Dow regularly teaches courses on American government, parties and elections, and American political thought, as well as the “Constitutional Debates” course for the Kinder Institute’s Honors College series, and he also organizes the Jefferson Book Club, an extracurricular undergraduate reading group that meets monthly to discuss great books in the classical liberal tradition.

Cooper Drury

Cooper Drury

Affiliated Faculty,

Cooper Drury is Senior Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Science and Professor of Political Science and Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri. He earned his BA and MA from Michigan State University (1990, 1992) and his PhD from Arizona State University (1997). His primary research and teaching interests focus on foreign policy. Specifically, he studies the causes, outcomes, and consequences of economic sanctions. Professor Drury has authored or co-authored two books, a textbook, and over two dozen articles and chapters and served as editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy Analysis. A committed teacher, Professor Drury has trained more than twenty doctoral students and has been awarded multiple teaching and mentorship awards.

Jack Dubois

Jack Dubois

Undergraduate Fellows,

Raised in Alpharetta, Georgia, Jack Dubois is a third-year honors student, double-majoring in International Studies and Economics, with a minor in French. Jack is a member of the University’s Swim team and holder of the school record in the 500-yard freestyle. He is also a member of SAFE, Student Athletes Fostering Equality, a leadership group consisting of student athletes advocating for inclusion and diversity on campus. When not studying or swimming, he enjoys reading, binging on Netflix, and spending time with his friends. He plans on pursuing a master’s degree in International Relations, with the hope of one day working for the State Department or the United Nations.

 

 

Daive Dunkley

Daive Dunkley

Affiliated Faculty,

Daive Dunkley is an Associate Professor in the MU Department of Black Studies and an affiliate faculty member at the Kinder Institute and in the Departments of History and Religious Studies. His research focuses on the history and culture of the Caribbean and the wider Black Atlantic, and he has authored publications exploring slave resistance, British colonialism, decolonization, and the politics of the Rastafari. He is the author, co-author, or editor of several books, including Readings in Caribbean History and Culture: Breaking Ground (2011), Agency of the Enslaved: Jamaica and the Culture of Freedom in the Atlantic World (2013), Leonard Percival Howell and the Genesis of the Rastafari (2015), and Black Resistance in the Americas (2019). Additionally, his book chapters and articles include “Enslaved Africans and the Transformation of Society in Brazil and the Caribbean: A View from the Churches,” published in the collection The African Heritage in Brazil and the Caribbean (2011), and “The Politics of Repatriation and the First Rastafari, 1932-1940,” published in Souls (2018). Prof. Dunkley has a strong desire to educate others about Black history and its implications for the present.

Brendan Durbin

Brendan Durbin

Undergraduate Fellows, Kinder Scholars,

Brendan Durbin is an MU junior from Fenton, MO, pursuing a dual major in Philosophy and Political Science (B.S./B.A.), with a minor in Spanish. Brendan’s research focuses on the intersection of political philosophy and theory and ethics and metaethics, fields that dovetail with a longstanding, keen interest in how essential moral and political theory are to the average citizen. Brendan currently serves as Co-Chairman of MU’s Peer Review Board, Chief Justice of the MSA Judicial Branch, and Co-Captain of the Mizzou Mock Trial Association, and was a 2019-20 course reader for PHIL/LINGST 2700. A Discovery Fellow (2019-20), a member of the Honors College, and the recipient of the Philosophy Department’s 2020 Outstanding Major Award, Brendan intends to go to law school after graduation, with the ultimate goal of one day teaching future lawyers about jurisprudence and its connection to broader moral philosophy.

 

Justin B. Dyer

Justin B. Dyer

Kinder Institute Faculty,

Director of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, Professor of Political Science, dyerjb@missouri.edu

Justin Dyer is professor of political science and founding director of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy. He specializes in the areas of moral and political philosophy, jurisprudence, constitutional law, and American political thought, with a particular focus on the perennial philosophy of natural law.

Professor Dyer is the author or editor of several books, including Natural Law and the Antislavery Constitutional Tradition; Slavery, Abortion, and the Politics of Constitutional Meaning; C.S. Lewis on Politics and the Natural Law; A Guide to the Missouri Constitution; and the two-volume casebook American Constitutional Law. He also has published a number of articles and review essays in leading scholarly journals.

He is the co-editor of the “Studies in Constitutional Democracy” book series at the University of Missouri Press and co-editor of the online journal Starting Points. Professor Dyer also serves on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Humanities Council, the Board of Scholars of the James Wilson Institute, and the Editorial Board of the journal American Political Thought.

After attending the University of Oklahoma on a wrestling scholarship, he completed his Ph.D. in public law and political theory at the University of Texas at Austin.

Kirsten Ehlers

Kirsten Ehlers

Atlantic History M.A. Cohort,

Kirsten Ehlers holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Psychology from MU. Since her undergraduate studies, she has worked for both of Missouri’s U.S. Senators, and she is interested in foreign relations. She joins the inaugural M.A. cohort as a student studying under Program Director Jay Sexton.

James Endersby

James Endersby

Affiliated Faculty,

James Endersby is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Canadian Studies Program at the University of Missouri. He earned a Ph.D. in Government at the University of Texas at Austin and was a fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Press and Politics at Harvard University before coming to MU. His research and teaching interests include American and Canadian politics, with particular focus on voting and elections, interests groups, and the media and politics. He is co-author, with Bill Horner of the MU Political Science Department, of Lloyd Gaines and the Fight to End Segregation, a study of the landmark civil rights case Missouri ex rel. Gaines v. Canada that was the first book published as part of the Kinder Institute’s Studies in Constitutional Democracy monograph series with University of Missouri Press. He has received several awards including an Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award from the University of Missouri and the Governor General’s Medallion (Canada).

Keona K. Ervin

Keona K. Ervin

Affiliated Faculty,

St. Louis native Keona K. Ervin is Assistant Professor of African-American History at the University of Missouri-Columbia. A Center for Missouri Studies Faculty Fellow at the State Historical Society of Missouri, Ervin is the author of Gateway to Equality: Black Women and the Struggle for Economic Justice in St. Louis (University of Kentucky Press, 2017), and she has published articles in International Labor and Working-Class History, Journal of Civil and Human Rights, and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society. She is a recipient of the Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Arts and Sciences Faculty Fellowship from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and the Huggins-Quarles Dissertation Award from the Organization of American Historians.

Carl H. Esbeck

Carl H. Esbeck

Affiliated Faculty,

Carl H. Esbeck joined the faculty of the University of Missouri School of Law in 1981 and currently serves as the R.B. Price Professor emeritus and Isabelle Wade & Paul C. Lyda Professor of Law emeritus. He received his Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 1974 from Cornell University, where he was on the board of editors of the Cornell Law Review. Prof. Esbeck held a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Howard C. Bratton, chief judge of the U.S. District Court in New Mexico, and, from 1975-81, he practiced law in the Albuquerque firm of Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, where he was an equity partner when he left. Prof. Esbeck has published widely in the area of religious liberty and church-state relations, and he is recognized as the progenitor of “charitable choice,” an integral part of the 1996 Federal Welfare Reform Act, and later applied to all federal social-service grant programs via the faith-based initiative under Presidents Obama and Bush. In addition, he has taken the lead in recognizing that the modern U.S. Supreme Court has applied the Establishment Clause not as a personal right, but as a structural limit on the government’s authority in explicitly religious matters. While on leave from 1999 to 2002, Prof. Esbeck directed the Center for Law & Religious Freedom (CLRF) at the Christian Legal Society and then served as Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. While directing the CLRF, he was a central part of the congressional advocacy behind the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA). While at the Department of Justice, one of his duties was to direct a task force to remove barriers to the equal-treatment of faith-based organizations applying for social-service grants. Prof. Esbeck presently serves as Legal Counsel to the National Association of Evangelicals and on the Board of Directors of the Christian Legal Society. At MU, he teaches courses on Civil Procedure, Religions Liberty and Church-State Relations, Federal Civil Rights Litigation, and Constitutional Law.

Olivia Evans

Olivia Evans

Kinder Scholars,

Olivia Evans is a junior at MU from Louisville, KY, studying Print and Digital News Reporting Journalism with a double minor in Spanish and Political Science. Olivia is on the Mizzou Track and Field Team, where she competes in hammer, weight, and discus throw. She serves as the Communications and Outreach Officer for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which functions as a student-athlete government for NCAA member institutions, and is also the PR Chair for the newly formed Black Student-Athlete Association. She is heavily involved in social justice organizations within athletics and regularly volunteers within the Columbia community. On campus, Olivia is a Brooks Scholar through the CASE office, where she currently has a marketing internship as well, working as a writer, with her own podcast series on the way soon. Upon graduation, Olivia plans to work in sports journalism and then transition into political journalism, with the dream of one day becoming White House Press Secretary.

 

Cindy Ewing

Cindy Ewing

Affiliated Faculty,

Cindy Ewing is an Assistant Professor of History. She specializes in global history, modern South Asia, and modern Southeast Asia, with research interests in decolonization, human rights, comparative constitutions, international institutions, and the global Cold War. She is currently working on her first book manuscript, Gatekeepers: Human Rights and the International Solidarities of the Third World, which explores the role of postcolonial internationalism in the development of the international human rights system at the United Nations. Dr. Ewing earned her Ph.D. with distinction from Yale University and has held fellowships at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Virginia, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. Prior to arriving in Missouri, Dr. Ewing taught at the University of Toronto.

Connor Ewing

Connor Ewing

Kinder Institute Faculty,

Kinder Institute Assistant Professor of Constitutional Democracy, Assistant Professor of Political Science, connor.ewing@missouri.edu
Connor Ewing is a Kinder Institute Assistant Professor of Constitutional Democracy and Assistant Professor of Political Science. Located in the fields of public law and American politics, his research interests span American political thought and development, constitutional law and theory, federalism, rights jurisprudence, human dignity, and constitutional design. His current book project, tentatively titled The Politics of Sovereignty: Federalism in American Political Development, presents a reconstruction of the theory of American federalism that foregrounds the ways in which the Constitution structures contests over political authority and its location. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in International Journal of Constitutional Law, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Tulsa Law Review, and multiple edited volumes. Dr. Ewing received his Ph.D. in public law and American politics from the University of Texas at Austin (Government, ’16), M.A. from the University of Chicago (Social Sciences, ’11), and B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Political Science & Philosophy, ’08). Prior to coming to MU, he held positions at the University of Toronto and the University of Virginia.

Devin Fergus

Devin Fergus

Affiliated Faculty,

Devin Fergus is the Arvarh E. Strickland Distinguished Professor of History and Black Studies at University of Missouri. His research focuses on political economy, policy, and inequality in modern America. Professor Fergus is the author of Land of the Fee (Oxford, 2018), which explores the hidden costs of rising financial fees at home, school, work, and transportation on wealth and mobility in modern America. A much-anticipated work, Land of the Fee has been called one of the five best books for understanding capitalism today. His current research project examines white-collar crime and the racial wealth gap.

Fergus is guest editor of the special issue Banking without Borders: Culture and Credit in the New Financial World for Kalfou, a journal published by Temple University Press. This special issue examines the impact of four decades of financial deregulation in the U.S. on vulnerable populations, which has increasingly affected the middle class. He has written widely on policy, political economy, and inequality for the New York TimesWashington Post, and the Guardian. Along with Louis Hyman, Bethany Moreton, and Julia Ott, Professor Fergus is also editor of the Columbia Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism book series published by Columbia University Press.

Professor Fergus has worked closely with several national policy organizations (e.g., Demos, Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative, the Center for Global Policy Solutions, and Prosperity Now) and has presented research to a number of federal entities, including the U.S. Treasury, U.S. Department of Education, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Special Master (Kenneth Feinberg) for TARP Executive Compensation. Professor Fergus received his Ph.D. in American history from Columbia University.

Rob Fletcher

Rob Fletcher

Kinder Institute Faculty,

Kinder Professor of British History, Professor of History, r.fletcher@missouri.edu
Rob Fletcher is Kinder Professor of British History and Professor of History at the University of Missouri. His work explores the history of Britain and its empire in the modern period, and the interplay of national, transnational, and global histories. He grew up in Colchester, England, and read Modern History at Magdalen College, University of Oxford. He lived in Tokushima, Japan, before returning to Oxford to complete his doctoral studies. He has previously held positions as the Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Global History at Oxford, Lecturer in Imperial and Global History at the University of Exeter, and Reader in the History of Britain and Empire at the University of Warwick.

Professor Fletcher’s research on the history of Britain’s empire is wide-ranging, and has appeared in Past and Present, The English Historical Review, Journal of Historical Geography, and Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient. He is the author of British Imperialism and ‘The Tribal Question’: Desert Administration and Nomadic Societies in the Middle East, 1919-1936 (Oxford University Press, 2015), which told the story of what happened when the British empire and Bedouin communities met on the desert frontiers between the Mediterranean Sea and the Persian Gulf. His second book, The Ghost of Namamugi (Renaissance, 2019) provided an examination of mercantile ambition and imperial power in Shanghai and Yokohama in the mid-nineteenth century.

Professor Fletcher has been the Principal Investigator on a number of research projects supported by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, including a Science in Culture award on the international campaign against the desert locust in the twentieth century. In conducting his research, he has collaborated with a number of museums and public organisations in the UK, Europe, and Australia. His current book project examines Britain’s historic relationship with the world’s desert environments.

Brendon Floyd

Brendon Floyd

Graduate Fellows,

Haskell Monroe Graduate Fellow in Civil War Era History, bgfloyd@mail.missouri.edu
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.

Cameron Furbeck

Cameron Furbeck

Kinder Scholars,

Cameron Furbeck is a junior from Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and is set to graduate in 2022 with degrees in Economics and Political Science. She currently serves as the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the University of Missouri’s Panhellenic Association. Before the pandemic, she enjoyed tutoring through City of Refuge, a local refugee center. She has a strong interest in the Arabic language, as well as in political economy, and hopes to pursue one of these passions in a professional capacity, potentially with the U.S. government, after obtaining a graduate degree in Economics.

 

Alexander Galvin

Alexander Galvin

Atlantic History M.A. Cohort,

Alexander Galvin received dual majors from the University of Missouri in History and Political Science, as well as dual minors in American Constitutional Democracy and Middle East Studies. During his time as an undergraduate, he was heavily involved with the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, participating in both the Society of Fellows and Kinder Scholars D.C. Summer Program, and writing for the Journal on Constitutional Democracy. He is planning to begin his Ph.D. after completing his M.A. in Atlantic History & Politics.

David Garcia

David Garcia

Kinder Scholars,

Raised in Liberty, Missouri, David Garcia is a junior in the MU Honors College, majoring in History and Constitutional Democracy. At Mizzou, he has taken an interest in helping his community through his involvement with the Resident Hall Association, where he currently serves as a supreme court justice. David is also Vice President of the Undergraduate History Club and hopes to help create a positive community for history majors and history enthusiasts at Mizzou. David was part of Jay Sexton’s Spring 2019 “Global History at Oxford” class, as well as the 2019-20 Society of Fellows, and during his free time, he enjoys playing his violin with the Mid-Missouri Community Orchestra.

Alan Gibson

Alan Gibson

Faculty Fellows,

2019-21 Kinder Institute Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow, argc5f@missouri.edu
Alan Gibson is Professor of Political Science at California State University, Chico. His focus is American political thought, especially that of the American founding. Gibson has held fellowships from the International Center for Jefferson Studies in Charlottesville, Virginia, the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has published articles in, among other journals, American Political Thought, Polity, History of Political Thought, and The Review of Politics. Gibson is the author of two books on the historiography of the American founding, both published by University Press of Kansas, and he is currently working on a study of the political thought of James Madison, tentatively titled James Madison and the Creation of an Impartial Republic. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame.

Julia Gilman

Julia Gilman

Undergraduate Fellows,

Julia Gilman is a senior honors student from Willow Springs, IL, double-majoring in Constitutional Democracy and History, with a minor in Political Science. Her primary research interests focus on American History from the Colonial Era through the end of the Revolutionary War and British Colonial Expansion into both North America and Australia. She is President of MizzouThon and the Philanthropy Chair for Phi Alpha Delta, and was a 2019-2020 member of the Kinder Institute Summit. During the 2020 Presidential Primary season, Julia worked on Pete Buttigieg’s campaign as a Campus Coordinator and State Lead for Missouri, and she founded the Mizzou for Pete student coalition. As an ASH Scholar, she researches the content and effects of minority-focused news with the intent to construct an archive and a longitudinal analysis of minority-focused news outlets. Julia interned for United States Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois’ 8th district, where she created an initiative to inform immigrants of their rights when confronted by I.C.E. agents. After graduating, Julia plans on attending a dual J.D. and Ph.D. program in order to become a professor in both history and constitutional law.

 

Kathryn Gluesenkamp

Kathryn Gluesenkamp

Kinder Scholars,

Kathryn Gluesenkamp is a second-year Stamps Scholar in the Honors College at Mizzou, studying Public Health and Economics. Kathryn has particular interests in healthcare law, economics, and policy and after graduation intends to pursue a career that focuses on those subjects. She is from Wildwood, MO, and this past summer completed a remote internship with the Missouri Eliminate Tobacco Use Initiative. At Mizzou, Kathryn is Vice President of the Public Health Club, an Undergraduate Research Fellow, an Honors College Ambassador, and a Language Partner. Outside of academics, she loves to read, listen to podcasts and music, and spend time with friends and family.

 

Lawrence Goldman

Lawrence Goldman

Faculty Fellows,

Kinder Institute Senior Fellow
Lawrence Goldman was born in London and graduated in History from the University of Cambridge (Jesus College). He studied American History at Yale as a Harkness Fellow and returned to Britain to do his doctoral work at Cambridge’s Trinity College, focusing on the history of social science in the Victorian period. He spent 29 years as a university lecturer at the University of Oxford where he was Fellow and Tutor in History at St. Peter’s College and where he taught modern British and American History. He was then Director of the Institute of Historical Research in the University of London. From 2004-2014 he was the Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, a compendium of the most significant figures throughout British history and the longest work in the history of the English languageand he has authored books on Victorian social science, the history of workers’ education in Britain, and the life of political thinker and historian R.H. Tawney, among other topics. He most recently edited, Welfare and Social Policy in Britain Since 1870: Essays in Honour of Jose Harris. He is a Senior Research Fellow of St. Peter’s College and joins the Kinder Institute as a Senior Fellow in the new M.A. program in Atlantic History and Politics.

Aric Dale Gooch

Aric Dale Gooch

Graduate Fellows,

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Kinder Institute Residential College, adgpdd@mail.missouri.edu
Aric Dale Gooch earned his B.S. in Social Science Education and Political Science from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, and is currently a Ph.D. student in Political Science at MU. His research is focused on the American early republic, specifically political party development, elections, and institutions, and his dissertation explores the development of nomination procedures of the Federalists and Democratic-Republicans as constituency focused and organized party structures in the first party era. In his free time, he likes to play board games, go hiking, and watch Parks and Rec. Aric will join the Kinder Institute as a 2019-2020 Graduate Teaching Assistant.

Stephen C.W. Graves

Stephen C.W. Graves

Affiliated Faculty,

Stephen C.W. Graves is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Black Studies at the University of Missouri. His research focuses on Black Politics and Theory, American Government, and Leadership Studies. Professor Graves is the author of A Crisis of Leadership (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), which explores the concepts of the citizen, citizenship, and leadership in contemporary America and the lack of leadership in the African American community since 1970. He is the founder of Troublesome Movement, a non-profit organization that focuses on community outreach and providing educational and professional services to minorities and underprivileged groups. Dr. Graves teaches Black Political Thought, African Political Thought, American Government, and American Political Thought. He won the Outstanding Teaching Award in 2015 from Mt. Hood Community College and the MU Faculty Achievement Award in Diversity in 2017 from the University of Missouri.

Jacob Hager

Jacob Hager

Undergraduate Fellows,

Jacob Hager is a junior from the small town of Harviell, Missouri, pursuing degrees in Economics and Mathematics, with a minor in Spanish. Outside of his coursework, he is an Economics 1014 Peer Learning Assistant and involved with various student organizations on campus, including the Omicron Delta Epsilon honors society, Mizzou Model United Nations, and the Residence Halls Association. His primary passion in life is aiding in the advancement of intellectual, civil, and political progress for all, and after graduating, he plans on pursuing a doctoral degree in economics.

 

Sam Halabi

Sam Halabi

Affiliated Faculty,

Sam Halabi is an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri School of Law as well as the 2017-18 Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Health Law, Policy, and Ethics at the University of Ottawa. He is also a non-resident Scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University. Professor Halabi researches legal and regulatory approaches to infectious disease, including the constitutional division of authority between local, state, and federal governments toward health threats, vaccination policy, and the public health origins of the police power. He is the editor (with Larry Gostin and Jeff Crowley) of Global Management of Infectious Disease after Ebola (Oxford University Press, 2016), as well as Food and Drug Law in an Era of Globalized Markets (Elsevier Academic Press, 2015). His work is published in JAMA, the Lancet, and the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, among others. He is also the co-chair (with Gian Luca Burci) of the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Working Group of the Global Virome Project, and he is a former judicial clerk to the Honorable Nanette K. Laughrey of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. He holds a JD from Harvard Law School, an MPhil from the University of Oxford (St. Antony’s College), and a B.S., summa cum laude, from Kansas State University.

TJ Hall

TJ Hall

Atlantic History M.A. Cohort,

TJ Hall is a 2019 graduate from the University of Missouri, where he earned degrees in History and Political Science.

Jake Haselswerdt

Jake Haselswerdt

Affiliated Faculty,

Jake Haselswerdt received his PhD from George Washington University and joined the MU faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Truman School of Public Affairs in 2016, after serving as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan and in U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer’s office through the American Political Science Association’s Congressional Fellowship Program. His research centers around the politics of U.S. public policy, with a particular focus on the political causes and consequences of policy choice and implementation in the substantive realms of health, social, and tax policy. These interests encompass several different strands of current scholarly pursuits which span the study of institutions and behavior. One current project, for example, deals with understanding the reasons for policy outcomes (e.g., why have some states chosen to cooperate with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, while others have not?). Another examines the political consequences of policy enactments and policy design choices (e.g., how has ACA implementation affected political engagement and participation? How does policy design shape the way the public thinks about that policy and the people who benefit from it?). Recently, he has also begun projects on the role of self-interest in attitudes about social policies like Medicare and student debt relief and on the potential of research on health outcomes to influence the policy process in other areas, like economic policy.

Erin Hawley

Erin Hawley

Faculty Fellows,

Kinder Institute Senior Fellow, hawleye@missouri.edu
Erin Morrow Hawley is Senior Fellow at the Kinder Institute and former Associate Professor of Law at the University of Missouri School of Law. She has litigated extensively before the United States Supreme Court as well as numerous federal courts of appeals and state courts of last resort. As a Fellow at the Kinder Institute, she is developing coursework and programming for students to gain hands-on experience learning about constitutional litigation and the judicial process. After completing her B.S. in animal science at Texas A&M University, Prof. Hawley received her law degree from Yale Law School where she served as an editor on the Yale Law Journal and executive editor of Yale Journal on Regulation, and a was Coker fellow (teaching assistant in constitutional law). Prof. Hawley’s research interests include the separation of powers, federal courts, agricultural law, and administrative law. Her work has been published in numerous top law journals and she is a frequent national commentator on legal issues.

She is a former clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and served as Counsel to United States Attorney General Michael Mukasey at the Department of Justice.

Rodolfo Hernandez

Rodolfo Hernandez

Kinder Institute Faculty,

Kinder Institute Assistant Teaching Professor of Constitutional Democracy, Assistant Teaching Professor of Political Science, hernandezrk@missouri.edu
Rodolfo (Rudy) Hernandez is a Kinder Institute Assistant Teaching Professor of Constitutional Democracy and Assistant Teaching Professor of Political Science. His research focuses on political theory and American political development, and his dissertation considers the political economy of Abraham Lincoln’s thought, especially as it relates to the principle of equality expressed by the Declaration of Independence. Recently his work has appeared in The Political Science Reviewer.  He frequently teaches American Government, American Political Thought, and Race and the American Story. Dr. Hernandez received his Ph.D. in Political Theory from Louisiana State University (2017) and his B.A. from St. John’s College (Annapolis, 1999). He previously taught as a Visiting Instructor at Louisiana Tech University and as a Senior Lecturer at Texas State University, and he served from 2018-20 as a Kinder Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Thought & Constitutionalism. He also has prior government experience, including having been in AmeriCorps, having worked as a tax examiner in the U.S. Treasury Department, and eight years in the U.S. Army Reserve.

 

Emily Hickey

Emily Hickey

Kinder Scholars,

Emily Hickey is a second-year student at the University of Missouri, double-majoring in Journalism and Political Science. Emily is passionate about the intersection between communications and social justice advocacy, and after graduation, she’s hoping to pursue a career that combines the two. At Mizzou, Emily gives tours to prospective students through MU Tour Team, serves on the Executive Board of the Alumni Association Student Board, and is a Walter Williams Scholar through the School of Journalism. In her free time, she enjoys reading, drawing, listening to music, and exploring Columbia with friends.

 

Samantha Hole

Samantha Hole

Undergraduate Fellows,

Samantha Hole is an MU sophomore from Colorado Springs, Colorado, pursuing B.A.s in Political Science and Economics and a minor in Constitutional Democracy. She currently serves as Speaker of the Residential Halls Association and is a Senator in the Missouri Students Association. Samantha is also involved in Reformed University Fellowship, serving on their executive board. Outside of school, Samantha enjoys hiking, swimming, reading, and making various crafts.

 

Erin Holmes

Erin Holmes

PostDoctoral Fellows,

Kinder Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in Political History, emholmes@missouri.edu
Erin Holmes holds a B.A. in History from the College of William and Mary, a Certificate in Early American History and Museum Studies from the National Institute of American History and Democracy, a Ph.D. in History from the University of South Carolina, and a Certificate in Historical Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management from the USC Department of Anthropology. Her manuscript project, The House that Slavery Built: Social and Material Transformation in the British Atlantic World, 1670-1831, explores how the built environment—buildings, landscapes, objects, and the spaces in between—shaped the experience of slavery within the plantation house, transforming colonial identity to create the conditions that made the American Revolution possible. Her research has been funded by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, among others, and from 2017-2019, she was an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the American Philosophical Society. She joins the Kinder Institute as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Political History.

 

Bill Horner

Bill Horner

Affiliated Faculty,

Bill Horner is Director of Undergraduate Studies and Teaching Professor in the Department of Political Science. He studied Radio, Television, and Film as an undergraduate at Northwestern University before completing graduate degrees in Political Science at Arizona State University (M.A.) and the University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D.). He is the author of Showdown in the Show-Me State (2005) and Ohio’s Kingmaker: Mark Hanna, Man and Myth (2010), and Saturday Night Live and the 1976 Presidential Election (2018), with MU Chair of Theatre Heather Carver. In addition, he is the co-author, with MU Professor of Political Science James Endersby, of Lloyd Gaines and the Fight to End Segregation, the first book published on the Kinder Institute’s Studies in Constitutional Democracy series with University of Missouri Press. Since arriving at the University of Missouri, Professor Horner has twice been awarded the Purple Chalk Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education and has also received the prestigious William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence and the Chancellor’s Excellence Award for Lifetime Achievement in Advising for his work with Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Department’s honors organization.

Abby Hunt

Abby Hunt

Undergraduate Fellows,

Abby Hunt is a junior from Wentzville, Missouri, majoring in Geography and International Studies, minoring in French, and pursuing a certificate in Geospatial Intelligence. She is an ambassador for the Honors College and is also helping to pilot the Jesse H. Wheeler Ambassador Program for the Geography Department. In addition, Abby serves as a Resettlement Assistant for Refugee and Immigration Services in Columbia and is a student intern for the Missouri Spatial Data Information Service. During Summer 2020, she assisted Professor Robin Rotman with environmental legal research while continuing (virtually) her job as a TigerX Pilates instructor for the Mizzou Rec. Vice President of the MU Climbing Club, she enjoys long trail runs, cycling, traveling, and exploring the local food scene, and after graduation, she hopes to attend law school and eventually pursue humanitarian or international law.

Reeve Huston

Reeve Huston

Faculty Fellows,

2020-21 Kinder Institute Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow
Reeve Huston is Associate Professor of History at Duke University, where he teaches U.S. political history, political economy/the history of capitalism, and the antebellum United States. He is author of Land and Freedom: Rural Society, Popular Protest, and Party Politics in Antebellum New York (Oxford University Press, 2000), and several articles and essays.  He is currently completing a book project on the simultaneous emergence of multiple, competing kinds of mass democracy in the United States between 1815 and 1840. The book depicts the second iteration of two-party politics (sometimes called the Second Party System or Jacksonian democracy) as a political system riddled with conflicts and contradictions, one that gave rise to persistent clashes over what constituted “democracy.” He joins the Kinder Institute as a 2020-21 Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow.

 

Jennie Ikuta

Jennie Ikuta

Kinder Institute Faculty,

Kinder Institute Assistant Professor of Constitutional Democracy, Assistant Professor of Political Science, jcikuta@missouri.edu
Jennie Ikuta is a Kinder Institute Assistant Professor of Constitutional Democracy and Assistant Professor of Political Science. Born in San Diego and raised in Yokohama, Japan, she returned to the United States as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago (2007) and completed her Ph.D. in political theory at Brown University (2014). Before arriving at Mizzou, she taught political theory at the University of Tulsa.

As a political theorist, Ikuta’s research interests center on the role of moral psychology in politics, especially in 19th- and 20th-century political thought. Her first book, Contesting Conformity: Democracy and the Paradox of Political Belonging (Oxford University Press, 2020) examines the thought of Tocqueville, Mill, and Nietzsche in order to investigate the notion of nonconformity and its relationship to modern democracy. Her second book project turns our attention to another dimension of moral psychology—willful ignorance—to examine how it sustains racial injustice in the United States.

 

Aravind Kalathil

Aravind Kalathil

Undergraduate Fellows,

Aravind Kalathil is a sophomore at Mizzou, pursuing degrees in Psychology and Biology. Hailing from O’Fallon, MO, his academic and professional goals include eventually leading research into emotions and stress. He is a part of the Honors Ambassador and Student Outreach Recruitment Teams, hoping to get more people to come to Mizzou. He also works in the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at MU, learning so many new things for his future in the field. Despite his interest in neuroscience and psychology, he is fascinated by constitutional democracy and is very excited to be a part of this group!

Thomas Kane

Thomas Kane

Staff,

Kinder Institute Communications Associate and Interim Academic Advisor, kanetc@missouri.edu
Raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Thomas Kane earned a B.A. in English from Yale University, an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Missouri, where he wrote a critical dissertation on representations of democratic order in the American long poem and a creative dissertation on fractured modes of communication in the digital age. His current research examines creative agency in early American poetry and political writings. While at the University of Pittsburgh, he edited and co-translated Tomaz Salamun’s 2009 collection of poems There’s the Hand and There’s the Arid Chair (Counterpath Press). Thomas served as Assistant Coordinator of Scholarly Programs during the Kinder Institute’s first year and has since taken the position of Communications Associate.

Ilyana Karthas

Ilyana Karthas

Affiliated Faculty,

Ilyana Karthas is an Associate Professor of History at University of Missouri and an affiliate faculty member in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, where she served as the first Scholar’s Chair in 2010-11. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in History from Brown University, as well as an M.A. in Women’s Studies and History from Oxford University, and she taught for three years in the History Department and Women’s Studies Program at McGill University before coming to MU in 2007. Her research area is 19th and early 20th-century French intellectual, cultural, and gender history, with an emphasis on national identity formation, modern aesthetics, gender ideology, and the politics of the body. Prof. Karthas’ book, When Ballet Became French: Modern Ballet and the Cultural Politics of France (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015), is the first book-length study to address how and why ballet revived in early 20th-century France after a long period of decline, and her current book project, Authority of the Mind: Women Critics, the Shaping of the Performing Arts, and the Politics of Culture in early 20th Century France, investigates women’s roles as “authorities on culture” in France. She regularly teaches courses on topics including the intellectual and cultural history of Europe, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and the history/politics of the body and sexuality, and she was awarded the campus-wide Maxine Christopher Shutz Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2013.

 

Lael Keiser

Lael Keiser

Affiliated Faculty,

Lael Keiser is a Professor and Chair in the University of Missouri Department of Political Science and Director of MU’s Truman School of Public Affairs. She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Her research interests fall at the intersection of political science, public administration, and public policy, with particular points of focus on how the representation of minorities and women within public organizations affects government legitimacy and policy outcomes, as well as on the role of the bureaucracy in creating public policy within the constraints of constitutional democracy. Professor Keiser regularly teaches courses on the policy-making process, bureaucracy, and administrative politics, and she is currently working on a book project that examines the role of professional associations representing street-level bureaucrats in improving the implementation of public policy and the responsiveness of the bureaucracy to elected officials and federal executives.

William Kemp

William Kemp

Atlantic History M.A. Cohort,

William C. Kemp received a degree in Political Science from Mizzou, with a minor in Business and a certificate in American Constitutional Democracy from the Kinder Institute. William is passionate about U.S. history and the influence of ancient and enlightenment philosophy on American political institutions. He plans to attend law school following completing the M.A.

Richard D. Kinder

Richard D. Kinder

Advisory Board,

Richard D. Kinder is Executive Chairman of Kinder Morgan, Inc., the largest energy infrastructure company in America, which he co-founded in February 1997. Under his leadership, Kinder Morgan has grown from a small company with 175 employees to a corporation with almost 12,000 employees. He receives a salary of $1 a year and owns approximately 11 percent of Kinder Morgan. Mr. Kinder is a past recipient of Morningstar’s CEO of the Year award.

Kinder Morgan owns an interest in or operates 84,000 miles of pipelines and approximately 165 terminals. The company’s pipelines transport primarily natural gas, refined petroleum products, CO2, and crude oil, and its terminals store, transfer, and handle such products as gasoline, ethanol, coal, petroleum coke, and steel.

Mr. Kinder received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Missouri and served in Vietnam as a Captain in the U.S. Army. He has served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards and is a life trustee and current Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. He is also chairman of the Kinder Foundation.

LaGarrett King

LaGarrett King

Affiliated Faculty,

LaGarrett J. King is an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education in the College of Education at the University of Missouri. Dr. King taught high school social studies for 8 years and earned his Ph.D. in 2012 at the University of Texas at Austin. He is an award-winning scholar whose research centers on Black History Education, Social Studies and Curriculum Foundations, Race Critical Theories and Knowledge, Cultural Studies, and Critical Multicultural Teacher Education.  His work has been published in Race, Ethnicity, and Education, Theory and Research in Social Education, Journal of Negro Education, and Teaching Education.

Brian Kisida

Brian Kisida

Affiliated Faculty,

Brian Kisida is an Assistant Professor in the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri who focuses on education policy, experimental design, and causal inference. The dominant theme of his research focuses on identifying effective educational options and experiences for at-risk students that can close achievement gaps, experience gaps, and attainment gaps. His research has examined the broad educational benefits of school partnerships with cultural institutions and community arts organizations, teacher diversity, school integration, and urban school choice. His academic publications include articles in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Sociology of Education, Educational Researcher, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, Economics of Education Review, and Policy Studies Journal. He has also co-authored three congressionally mandated experimental evaluation reports for the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. His work has been cited in congressional testimony before the U.S. House and Senate, and it has appeared in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and CNN.

Sarah Beth V. Kitch

Sarah Beth V. Kitch

Faculty Fellows,

Kinder Institute Senior Fellow
“The most urgent task faced by American education,” writes Abraham Joshua Heschel, “is to destroy the myth that accumulation of wealth and the achievement of comfort are the chief vocations of man. Charity, being personally involved in relieving the suffering of man, is as important to education as the acquisition of technical skills.” I create conversations that move persons to thoughtful action. I trained in political theory, with attention to ethics and political theology, at Louisiana State University (PhD Political Science, 2014). My work centers on cultivating ethical sensitivity to inform thoughtful action in democracy. In recent years, I received the Truman School Faculty Teaching Award, as well as the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority Faculty Member of the Year Award, both of which were student-selected. I’ve published in the American Journal of Political Science and the Journal of Church and State. Before returning to the Gulf Coast, I was an Assistant Professor in Constitutional Democracy at the Kinder Institute and Assistant Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri’s Truman School. And before that, I was an Instructor of Political Science at Louisiana State University, the 2016-2017 Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University, and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northern Illinois University.

Thom Lambert

Thom Lambert

Affiliated Faculty,

Thom Lambert received his J.D. from the University of Chicago and currently serves as Professor and Wall Chair in Corporate Law and Governance at the University of Missouri School of Law. His scholarship focuses on antitrust, corporate, and regulatory matters, and he is the co-author of Antitrust Law: Interpretation and Implementation (5th ed., Foundation Press, 2013) and the author or co-author of over 20 scholarly articles, which have appeared in journals and publications including, Antitrust Bulletin, the Boston College Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, the Texas Law Review, and the Yale Journal on Regulation. He also blogs regularly at “Truth on the Market,” a site focused on academic commentary on antitrust, business, and economic legal issues. He is a past recipient of the Law School’s Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award for teaching excellence; the MU-wide Gold Chalk Award for Excellence in Teaching at the graduate level; and the 2007 and 2011 Shook Hardy & Bacon Excellence in Research Awards for best law faculty scholarship. Prior to joining the faculty at the Law School, he practiced law in the Chicago office of Sidley Austin; served as a John M. Olin Fellow at Northwestern University School of Law and the Center for the Study of American Business; and clerked for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Zach Lang

Zach Lang

Graduate Fellows,

Kinder Institute Ph.D. Fellow in Political Science, zplbdz@mail.missouri.edu
Zach Lang earned his B.A. in Government from St. Lawrence University and is currently a Ph.D. student in the Political Science Department at MU. His research is focused on combining practical, effective public policy with constitutionality and a respect for civil liberties.  He is currently a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Rudy Hernandez’s American Government class. In his spare time, he enjoys running, hiking, kayaking, film, gaming, and board games.

Clyde Graves Lear

Clyde Graves Lear

Advisory Board,

Clyde Lear is the retired Chairman and CEO of Learfield Communications Inc., a company he started in 1972 as an outgrowth of his Master’s project at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. The company, which entered the college sports business in 1975, recently merged with IMG College and is now called Learfield/IMG College.

Learfield/IMG College is the preeminent leader in the collegiate sports marketing arena and is the exclusive provider of marketing services for athletic departments at 220 major universities. The Plano, TX-based company has offices in 250 cities. In addition, Learfield/IMG College has branched out into other affiliated businesses, including licensing, ticket sales and systems, LED displays and scoreboards, collegiate athletic websites, and digital media and brand marketing. The company also operates the nation’s largest agricultural radio network, the Brownfield Network, and four state news networks. Today, Learfield/IMG College has roughly 2,500 employees.

Lear received a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Missouri in 1968 and an AB degree in 1966 from Central Methodist University (CMU) in Fayette, Missouri. He attended high school in Jefferson City, where he was born in 1944.

Lear is a leader in higher education. For 13 years, he served on the Board of Curators of CMU and for five years was its Chair. He was named a member of the 1992 Class of Distinguished Alumni from the University of Missouri and was a past recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award, both distinctions in acknowledgment of his significant contribution to media in America. He has also been a leader in the Missouri Governor’s Student Leadership Forum since its inception 32 years ago; was President of Jefferson City’s Memorial Community Hospital; is an Eagle Scout and a member of the Board of Central Bank and the National Board for Young Life; and was enshrined into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

Clyde and his wife of 53 years, Sue, have three grown children and six grandchildren.

One of his great loves is mentoring. He and Sue use their resources to develop outstanding executives and leaders, and he gives significant time to helping college age—and post-college age—men and women grow spiritually, personally, and professionally.

Paul Litton

Paul Litton

Affiliated Faculty,

Paul Litton is the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and the R.B. Price Professor of Law at MU’s School of Law. Before joining the faculty in 2006, he earned a J.D. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Clinical Bioethics within the National Institutes of Health. Dean Litton also served two years as a law clerk to Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz of the New Jersey Supreme Court, serving a second term as the court’s death penalty law clerk. While at Mizzou, he has co-chaired the Missouri Death Penalty Assessment Team, assembled by the American Bar Association to study and make recommendations regarding the laws and practices of Missouri’s capital system. Dean Litton publishes scholarship relating to criminal law, bioethics, and their intersection, and he teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Death Penalty Law, Bioethics, and Jurisprudence.

Caleb Long

Caleb Long

Undergraduate Fellows, Kinder Scholars,

Born and raised in Southwest Missouri and a graduate of Webb City High School, Caleb Long is an MU junior, majoring in Political Science, Economics, and History. Having volunteered for many political campaigns, with such names as Eric Greitens, John Brunner, and most recently Austin Petersen, Caleb has been civically active from a young age. At the University of Missouri, he is a Founding Father of the Alpha Sigma Phi-Alpha Theta Chapter fraternity and was a participant in the Kinder Summit program. Following his undergraduate studies, Caleb is considering becoming a public liaison in D.C. or Jefferson City, attending law school, or obtaining an M.A. in History.

Emily Lower

Emily Lower

Kinder Scholars,

Emily Lower is an MU junior, studying Statistics, Political Science, and Economics. She is currently the Membership Coordinator for Mizzou College Democrats and the Alumni and Graduate Relations Coordinator for the Women*s Leadership Conference. She’s also an inaugural R.A. for the Kinder Institute Residential College and a Teaching Assistant for the Chancellor’s Leadership Class.

Sijan McGinnis

Sijan McGinnis

Atlantic History M.A. Cohort,

Sijan McGinnis earned his B.A. in Political Science at Mizzou and received a Minor in American Constitutional Democracy from the Kinder Institute. As an undergraduate, Sijan held various internships, including at the U.S. State Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau and in the U.S. Senate. Upon completing the M.A., Sijan plans to serve in the United States Foreign Service, implementing policies that further the nation’s diplomatic mission.

Riley Messer

Riley Messer

Atlantic History M.A. Cohort,

Riley Messer, from Buckner, Missouri, holds a B.A. in Political Science from MU, with minors in History and American Constitutional Democracy. As an undergraduate, Riley participated in almost all of the Kinder Institute’s programs, including the Society of Fellows, Journal on Constitutional Democracy, and Kinder Scholars D.C. Summer Program. Now pursuing an M.A. in Atlantic History & Politics with the Kinder Institute, Riley is also serving during her year in the program as a legal intern at a local law office. Following completion of the M.A., she intends to go to law school and study public interest law.

Jeffrey Milyo

Jeffrey Milyo

Affiliated Faculty,

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.

Rachel Miner

Rachel Miner

Undergraduate Fellows,

From Smyrna, TN, Rachel Miner is a second-year student in the MU Honors College, majoring in History and Political Science, with plans to include a minor in Constitutional Democracy. She currently works as a Research Assistant for Dr. Carli Conklin, helping with Prof. Conklin’s work on the history and meaning of the “pursuit of happiness,” and is also involved with the Mizzou Democrats on campus. After her undergraduate studies, Rachel plans to earn a Master of Public Affairs degree.

 

S. David Mitchell

S. David Mitchell

Affiliated Faculty,

Professor S. David Mitchell is a member of the University of Missouri School of Law faculty. He teaches Torts, Advanced Torts, Criminal Justice Administrations, Collateral Consequences of Sentencing, and Law & Society, and his research is on the collateral consequences of sentencing and ex-offender reentry. He earned his J.D. and Ph.D. (Sociology) from the University of Pennsylvania, and before joining the faculty at University of Missouri, he worked as a Scholar in Residence in the Sociology Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has served as a law clerk to the Honorable Andre M. Davis (D. Md.) and is currently a member of the Missouri Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He is also an Affiliate of the Black Studies and Sociology Departments.  Recently, he has served as the Chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council.  In 2015, he was a recipient of the MU President’s Award for Community Engagement.

Sara Scholes Morgan

Sara Scholes Morgan

Advisory Board,

Sara has been involved in non-profit, civic, and political organizations for over fifty years, in seven different cities, including Kansas City and Washington, D.C., and four different states (MO, VA, FL, TX). She is the co-founder and past president of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, which opened in September 2001, and currently serves on its board of directors. In addition to serving on the Advisory Board for the Kinder Institute, she is on the board of the Houston Grand Opera and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and is a Life Trustee and board member of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Sara is also a past board member and Life Trustee of the American Craft Council and has served on the boards of the Children’s Museum of Houston and Girls, Inc., among other organizations.

Sara and Bill Morgan have been married for 53 years and have two children, Catherine and Mike, who is married to Chrissi. They have three grandchildren, Emma (21), Will (18), and Kate (15). Sara is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree in Political Science.

Mary Grace Newman

Mary Grace Newman

Atlantic History M.A. Cohort,

Mary Grace Newman received her B.A. in Political Science from MU in May 2020, with minors in History and American Constitutional Democracy. Her interest in pursuing a career in public history grew during her Kinder Scholars D.C. Summer Program experience in 2018, when she interned with the National Archives.

Paul Odu

Paul Odu

Undergraduate Fellows, Kinder Scholars,

Paul “Isah” Odu Jr. is a third-year student in the Honors College at Mizzou, studying Constitutional Democracy and Economics. Paul is passionate about legal advocacy and plans to pursue a JD/MBA after completion of his undergraduate studies. Paul is the Vice President of the Men’s Club Ultimate Frisbee team, a camp counselor at Missouri Boys State, founder of the Missouri Debate Union (MDU), and a former intern in the United States Senate. While at Mizzou, Paul has served in numerous roles and capacities, ranging from tutoring economics as a TA to working as a cleric in the University Archives. Outside of his studies, Paul enjoys playing sports, reading, and studying legal institutions in the United States. Paul ultimately hopes to pursue a career in appellate advocacy, arguing cases before the nation’s highest tribunals.

 

Jeffrey L. Pasley

Jeffrey L. Pasley

Kinder Institute Faculty,

Associate Director of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, Professor of History & Journalism, pasleyj@missouri.edu
Jeffrey L. Pasley is Professor of History and Journalism and Associate Director of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy. A graduate of Carleton College, he was a reporter-researcher for The New Republic and a speechwriter for Al Gore’s 1988 presidential campaign before entering academia. He completed his Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization at Harvard University and taught at Florida State University before coming to Missouri in 1999. His teaching and research focus on American political culture between the American Revolution and the Civil War. Professor Pasley is co-editor of Beyond the Founders: New Approaches to the Political History of the Early American Republic (2004) and author of “The Tyranny of Printers”: Newspaper Politics in the Early American Republic (2001) and The First Presidential Contest: The Election of 1796 and the Beginnings of American Democracy (2013), the latter of which was named a finalist for the prestigious George Washington Book Prize.

Jordan Pellerito

Jordan Pellerito

Graduate Fellows,

Collegiate Fellow, Kinder Institute Residential College, jbp9t5@mail.missouri.edu
Jordan Pellerito holds B.A.s in History and Political Science and an M.A. in History from the University of Missouri. Her Master’s thesis explored how African and Native Americans received the Marquis de Lafayette as a symbol of the American Revolution during his 1824-1825 tour, and how this contributes to the Era of Good Feelings discourse. As an undergraduate, she was a member of the Kinder Institute’s Society of Fellows and for the past three years has served as the Teaching Assistant-in-Residence for the Kinder Scholars D.C. Summer Program’s “Beltway History & Politics” course. Jordan is now a Ph.D. student in the History Department, where she will focus on public and antebellum history, and she will serve during AY 2019-20 as the Kinder Institute’s inaugural Collegiate Fellow, coordinating academic and extracurricular programming for the new Residential College.

Luke Pittman

Luke Pittman

Undergraduate Fellows,

Luke Pittman is a native of Kansas City, pursuing degrees in Political Science, Economics, and Constitutional Democracy. He has served or currently serves as the campus corps leader for Mizzou as part of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and as Vice President of Mizzou’s Moot Court Team and the newly formed Missouri Debate Union. Luke is passionate about the intersection of economics with politics and the impact wealth inequality has had, and continues to have, on American society. After graduating, Luke plans to continue his education by attending law school.

Al Zuercher Reichardt

Al Zuercher Reichardt

Kinder Institute Faculty,

Kinder Institute Assistant Professor of Constitutional Democracy, Assistant Professor of History, reichardta@missouri.edu
Al Zuercher Reichardt received a Ph.D. at Yale University and joined the Kinder Institute faculty in Fall 2018 as an Assistant Professor of Constitutional Democracy and an Assistant Professor of History, after spending a year as a junior visiting fellow at the Center for Humanities & Information at the Pennsylvania State University. Prof. Reichardt’s research revolves around 18th century European and Indigenous empires in North America and the Atlantic World, with a project currently in the works that examines the contest for the American Interior in the decades before the American Revolution and maps the development of communications infrastructure over the long Seven Years’ War. Prof. Reichardt’s next project will turn toward the spatial politics of native and Euro-American transportation landscapes, from the colonial period through the rise of the early American state. ​

Zoe Rich

Zoe Rich

Kinder Scholars,

Zoe Rich (she/her) is a senior at the University of Missouri, studying Graphic Design and Marketing. After graduation, Zoe hopes to combine her passion for design with her interest in social justice by working in cause marketing. When she isn’t glued to the Adobe Creative Suite, Zoe enjoys cooking, rock climbing, and listening to true crime podcasts.

 

Isabelle Robles

Isabelle Robles

Undergraduate Fellows, Kinder Scholars,

Isabelle Robles will graduate with honors in August 2021 from the Missouri School of Journalism, where she is working toward a degree in Strategic Communication with a minor in Leadership & Public Service. After graduation, Isabelle hopes to pursue her keen interests in social and education policy via a career in public policy communication or political advocacy. Previously, Isabelle has worked as a Communication Intern at the Urban Institute, an economic and social policy think tank, and she also has experience in podcast production from her time at the Missouri Business Alert and in international reporting through the University of Missouri Cape Town reporting team. Outside of her degree, Isabelle is a part of MU Tour Team and enjoys spending her time naming her houseplants and (trying) to master the perfect omelet recipe.

 

 

Joseph Ross

Joseph Ross

Graduate Fellows,

Kinder Institute Ph.D. Fellow in Political History, jtr6kz@mail.missouri.edu
Joseph Ross completed his B.A. in History at The Ohio State University and his M.A. in History at Ohio University, and he joins the Kinder Institute as the inaugural Ph.D. Fellow in Political History. His research focuses on the early American West from the eighteenth to the nineteenth century, with particular attention paid to how political and economic ideologies informed the policies of Great Britain and the United States, how those policies remained the same or changed over time, and the effects they had on Native American relations and western land development. He is also interested in the emergence of the early American state on the frontier and how federal institutions like the land office became sites for political development in the western territories. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, kayaking, film, and retro video gaming.

Catherine Rymph

Catherine Rymph

Affiliated Faculty,

Catherine Rymph joined the MU Department of History in 2000, which she now serves as chair of, after teaching at the University of Iowa and as a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Greifswald in Germany. She specializes in recent U.S. history, especially U.S. women’s political history. She is the author of Republican Women: Feminism and Conservatism from Suffrage to the Rise of the New Right (2006), a political history of feminism and conservatism within the Republican Party, and Raising Government Children: A History of Foster Care and the American Welfare State (2017). Professor Rymph regularly teaches courses on U.S. women’s political history, historical perspectives on child welfare and the family, and twentieth-century U.S. history.

Venkatesh Satheeskumar

Venkatesh Satheeskumar

Kinder Scholars,

Originally from Mumbai, India, and now residing in Chesterfield, MO, Venkatesh Satheeskumar is an MU junior, majoring in Biology with a minor in Psychology. His current academic interests are medicine, public health, and health policy and administration, and how they interact with each other to ensure the wellbeing of patients. He serves as a Phlebotomist for the VA and a Residential Advisor for Bluford Hall, and upon graduation, he hopes to enter the field of emergency/aerospace medicine after attending medical school and completing residency. In his free time, he likes to explore the outdoors, especially national parks, and spend time with friends and family.

 

Alexis Seals

Alexis Seals

Undergraduate Fellows,

Alexis Seals is an undeclared sophomore from Kennett, Missouri. She is an active member in the Mizzou Black Pre-Law Student Association and Student Outreach, and in her free time, she enjoys serving in her community, singing, dancing, and running, and sometimes watching Netflix and napping. After graduation, she aspires to attend law school, a career path she has readied herself for by interning at a local law firm in her hometown.

 

Jennifer L. Selin

Jennifer L. Selin

Kinder Institute Faculty,

Kinder Institute Assistant Professor of Constitutional Democracy, Assistant Professor of Political Science & Public Affairs, selinj@missouri.edu
Jennifer L. Selin joins the Kinder Institute as an Assistant Professor of Constitutional Democracy and Assistant Professor of Political Science. Professor Selin’s research illustrates that the structure of the federal administrative state has important implications for political influence. She is a co-author of the Administrative Conference of the United States’ Sourcebook of United States Executive Agencies, and her scholarship has been published in political science, public administration, and law journals. Prof. Selin holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from Wake Forest University. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she practiced administrative law and specialized in electricity market regulation and alternative energy development, licensing, and regulation.

Jay Sexton

Jay Sexton

Kinder Institute Faculty, Advisory Board,

Rich and Nancy Kinder Chair in Constitutional Democracy, Professor of History, sextonj@missouri.edu
Jay Sexton is the Rich and Nancy Kinder Chair in Constitutional Democracy and Professor of History. A native of Salina, Kansas and graduate of KU, he returned to the Midwest to the University of Missouri in 2016 after spending the better part of two decades at Oxford University in England. Sexton started in Oxford as a grad student Marshall Scholar and worked his way up to being Director of the Rothermere American Institute and, upon his departure, being elected to the honorary title of Distinguished Fellow.

Sexton specializes in the political and economic history of the nineteenth century. His research situates the United States in its international context, particularly as it related to the dominant global structure of the era, the British Empire. He is the author of Debtor Diplomacy: Finance and American Foreign Relations in the Civil War Era, 1837-1873 (Oxford, 2005; 2nd ed. 2014) and The Monroe Doctrine: Empire and Nation in Nineteenth-Century America (Hill and Wang, 2011). He also has published two major collaborative projects: The Global Lincoln (co-edited with Richard Carwardine, Oxford, 2011) and Empire’s Twin: U.S. Anti-Imperialism from the Founding to the Age of Terrorism (co-edited with Ian Tyrrell, Cornell, 2015). His newest book, A Nation Forged by Crisis: A New American History, was published in October 2018 from Basic Books.

Currently, Sexton is at work on a book that explores how steam infrastructure conditioned the connections and relations between the United States and the wider world in the second half of the nineteenth century. He also is co-editing the second volume of Cambridge University Press’ Cambridge History of America and the World with Prof. Kristin Hoganson of University of Illinois, and the two are additionally working on a collaborative project on “transimperialism”–the crossings and intersections between empires in the nineteenth century.

Sexton enjoys working with enterprising students, undergrad or grad, who set their own intellectual agenda. When he is not reading or talking history, he is cheering for KC sports teams and following British politics.

Stephanie Shonekan

Stephanie Shonekan

Affiliated Faculty,

Stephanie Shonekan is Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Science and Professor of Music at the University of Missouri. In 2003, she earned a PhD in Ethnomusicology and Folklore with a minor in African American Studies from Indiana University. From 2003-2011, she taught at Columbia College Chicago, and from 2011-2018, she was a faculty member at the University of Missouri in the Black Studies Department and the School of Music. From 2015-2018, she was chair of the Department of Black Studies at the University of Missouri.  From 2018-2020, she was professor and chair of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Shonekan’s dual heritage combining West Africa with the West Indies allows her to straddle the black world comfortably.  She has published articles on afrobeat, Fela Kuti, as well as American and Nigerian hip-hop.  Her publications explore the nexus where identity, history, culture and music meet. Her books include The Life of Camilla Williams, African American Classical Singer and Opera Diva (2011), Soul, Country, and the USA: Race and Identity in American Music Culture (2015), Black Lives Matter & Music (2018), and Black Resistance in the Americas (2018).

 

Kyle Skopec

Kyle Skopec

Atlantic History M.A. Cohort,

Kyle Skopec came to the M.A. program after earning his B.S. in Economics from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. He is interested in the politics of natural resources and international security, as well as the history of American foreign policy and diplomacy. Kyle likes to spend his spare time going for runs, playing with his dog, reading theology books, and learning to play the fiddle.

Robert Smale

Robert Smale

Affiliated Faculty,

Robert L. Smale is Associate Professor of History at MU. After earning B.A. degrees in History and Spanish at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, he went on to complete his M.A. and Ph.D. in History at the University of Texas at Austin, where he specialized in the study of Latin America. His research focuses on the political and social history of South America’s Andean nations. He is the author of “I Sweat the Flavor of Tin”: Labor Activism in Early Twentieth-Century Bolivia (2010). He regularly teaches courses on the history of constitutional democracy in Latin America and the region’s revolutionary traditions.

Abbey Smith

Abbey Smith

Atlantic History M.A. Cohort,

Abbey Smith graduated from William Woods University in April 2020, where she double-majored in Political Legal Studies and History. Throughout her three years at William Woods, she was a Research Assistant for the Missouri State Penitentiary Museum and an intern at the Fulton County Courthouse. She is now working as a Research Assistant in the Missouri State Historical Society. Her interests include women’s and African American rights movements, specifically in a transatlantic context.

Claire Smrt

Claire Smrt

Atlantic History M.A. Cohort,

Claire Smrt graduated from the University of Missouri in May 2020 with a degree in journalism and minors in Spanish and American Constitutional Democracy. She is from Kansas City and plans to attend law school upon completion of the M.A. program.

Allison Smythe

Allison Smythe

Staff,

Kinder Institute Sr. Program Coordinator, smythea@missouri.edu

Allison Smythe received her B.F.A. in Design Communication from Texas Tech University and, after beginning her design career in Boston, returned to Texas to pursue an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Houston and to launch the award-winning design firm, ArsGraphica.com. She relocated to Columbia in 2006, with Ars Graphica transitioning into a virtual studio servicing corporate clients across the United States in graphic design and marketing. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and, in 2007, she helped launch “Hearing Voices/Seeing Visions,” a monthly artist and writer series held at Orr Street Studios in downtown Columbia. In addition, she regularly volunteers her time and talents in support of community enrichment programs from the Columbia Art League to the Unbound Book Festival. As Program Coordinator, she focuses on marketing initiatives for the Kinder Institute as well as coordinating its many events and programs.

Caroline Spalding

Caroline Spalding

Staff,

Kinder Institute Program Coordinator, cspalding@missouri.edu
Caroline Spalding received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and History from Mizzou in 2016 and her J.D. and Master’s in Public Administration from MU Law and the Truman School of Public affairs, respectively, in 2020.  While in law school, she spent a summer abroad working for the Human Rights Commission in Cape Town, South Africa, and conducted research on rehabilitation and intervention programs at the Center for Criminal and Juvenile Justice Priorities at Mizzou, and she was also extensively involved in the American Constitution Society and the Equal Justice Law Association. Caroline has been involved with the Kinder Institute for some time: as part of the inaugural class of the Society of Fellows; as Senior Editor for Vol. 2 of the Journal on Constitutional Democracy and Deputy Editor for Vol. 5 of the Journal; and from 2017-2020, as the Institute’s fiscal officer.

Peverill Squire

Peverill Squire

Affiliated Faculty,

Peverill Squire is Professor of Political Science and holds the Hicks and Martha Griffiths Chair in American Political Institutions. He received his A.B., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California-Berkeley. In recent years he has authored The Rise of the Representative: Lawmakers and Constituents in Colonial America (2017) and The Evolution of American Legislatures: Colonies, Territories and States, 1619-2009 (2012); co-authored Why States Matter (second edition, 2017); State Legislatures Today: Politics under the Domes (second edition, 2015); 101 Chambers: Congress, State Legislatures, and the Future of Legislative Studies (2005); and Who Runs for the Legislature? (2001); and co-edited Legislatures: Comparative Perspectives on Representative Assemblies (2002). Professor Squire’s research centers on American politics with an emphasis on legislatures, and for many years, he served as the senior editor of Legislative Studies Quarterly. He regularly teaches undergraduate courses on American state government and American legislatures and graduate courses on legislative institutions, the evolution of American legislatures, and American state politics.

Austin Stafford

Austin Stafford

Kinder Scholars,

A former resident of Kansas City, Austin Stafford is a junior in the MU Honors College, studying American history and international affairs. Austin is involved with Sustain Mizzou and is the Mizzou History Society Treasurer, as well as an Undergraduate Fellow with the Institute for Korean Studies (IKS) on campus. He recently interned at the State Historical Society, helping the National History Day team, and now works with the Asian Affairs Center. Post-graduation, he hopes to attend law school or graduate school to further his education.

Mary Stegmaier

Mary Stegmaier

Affiliated Faculty,

Mary Stegmaier is an Associate Professor in the Truman School of Public Affairs and the Vice Provost for International Programs at the University of Missouri. Her research concentrates on elections and voting behavior in the U.S. and Europe, and has been published in a variety of political science journals including the British Journal of Political Science, East European Politics & Societies, Electoral Studies, Political Behavior, Politics & Policy, Public Choice, and the Annual Review of Political Science. She serves on several journal editorial boards, including the International Journal of Forecasting, Political Science Research and Methods, Electoral Studies, the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, and Politics & Policy. In addition to publishing in peer-reviewed journals, her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the Brookings Institution Blog, the Democratic Audit, and the London School of Economics Blogs.  Dr. Stegmaier has also served as an international election observer with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Albania, Macedonia, Belarus, and Kyrgyzstan.

Megan Steinheimer

Megan Steinheimer

Kinder Scholars,

Megan Steinheimer is an MU sophomore from the suburbs just south of Denver, CO, studying for degrees in History and Sociology, while also pursuing a minor in English. Megan was a part of the first Kinder Institute Residential College cohort and is a member of the Mizzou Democrats, and has spent the past two years as a Discovery Fellow, doing undergraduate research under Dr. Martha  Kelly in the Russian Studies Department.

 

Tyron Surmon

Tyron Surmon

Atlantic History M.A. Cohort,

Tyron Surmon completed his B.A. in History and Politics at the University of Oxford and has come from the United Kingdom to study for the M.A. in Atlantic History & Politics. Although his research interests are broad, he has a particular focus on the early 20th century, and his B.A. thesis at Oxford covered the relationship between Esperanto and the League of Nations. He joins the Kinder Institute as the 2020-21 Kinder Fellow from Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

Mackenzie Tor

Mackenzie Tor

Graduate Fellows,

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.

Morgan Tripamer

Morgan Tripamer

Atlantic History M.A. Cohort,

Morgan Tripamer holds a B.A. in History from Truman State University. She is interested in the relationship between state governments and the federal government, as well as the development of the legislative branch. In her free time, she likes to read, play board games, and watch TV.

Dennis Trout

Dennis Trout

Affiliated Faculty,

Dennis Trout is Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Missouri. Before coming to MU in 2000, he was Associate Professor of Classics at Tufts University. He received his Ph.D. in Ancient History from Duke University in 1989. His research focuses on the period of Late Antiquity and engages material and visual evidence as well as literary sources. He has been President of the North American Patristics Society and is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Loeb Classical Library Foundation. He is the author of Paulinus of Nola: Life, Letters, and Poems (University of California Press, 1999) and Damasus of Rome: The Epigraphic Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2015). He is also interested in ancient political thought and practice, and he teaches a course on Political Thought in Classical and Christian Antiquity for the Kinder Institute’s Minor and Certificate in American Constitutional Democracy.

Kendall Tucker

Kendall Tucker

Kinder Scholars,

Originally from South Dakota, Kendall Tucker is an MU junior, studying Political Science with a minor in Women’s & Gender Studies. She arrived at Mizzou after a year at University of Minnesota, and in her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with family, vegan cooking, and listening to music. After graduating in December 2021, Kendall hopes to continue her education in a Political Science Ph.D. program.

Sonia Tycko

Sonia Tycko

PostDoctoral Fellows,

Kinder Institute Junior Research Fellow in Atlantic History, sonia.tycko@rai.ox.ac.uk
Sonia Tycko is a historian of early modern England and its American colonies, with an emphasis on social relations, law, and labor. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2019. As a Kinder Junior Research Fellow in Atlantic History at the Rothermere American Institute and St. Peter’s College, Oxford, she is revising her dissertation into a book, tentatively entitled Captured Consent: Forced Labor and the Rise of Freedom of Contract. This project examines what consent meant and how it worked in seventeenth-century master-servant relationships that were formed under coercion. An article arising out of this research, “The Legality of Prisoner of War Labour in England, 1648–1655,” is forthcoming in Past & Present. Her research has been supported by the Mellon-ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, the American Historical Association, the Huntington Library, the North American Conference on British Studies, the John Carter Brown Library, and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies.

Peter Vallentyne

Peter Vallentyne

Affiliated Faculty,

Peter Vallentyne is Florence G. Kline Professor of Philosophy at the University of Missouri. He writes on issues of liberty and equality in the theory of justice (and left-libertarianism in particular) and, more recently on enforcement rights (rights to protect primary rights). He was associate editor of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics and of Ethics; he was co-editor of Economics and Philosophy; and he is currently associate editor of the Journal of the American Philosophical Association and of Social Choice and Welfare. He edited Equality and Justice (2003, 6 volumes) and Contractarianism and Rational Choice: Essays on David Gauthier’s Morals by Agreement (1991), and he co-edited, with Hillel Steiner, The Origins of Left Libertarianism: An Anthology of Historical Writings and Left Libertarianism and Its Critics: The Contemporary Debate (2000). He has held an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship and directed a National Endowments for the Humanities project on ethics across the curriculum. He can be contacted at Vallentynep@missouri.edu.

Constantine Vassiliou

Constantine Vassiliou

PostDoctoral Fellows,

Kinder Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Thought & Constitutionalism, cvhb4@missouri.edu
Constantine Vassiliou earned his B.A. in Political Science from Mount Allison University, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Theory from the University of Toronto. His research points to a perennial problem in political economy that continues to the present-day unresolved: how to balance commercial considerations with the public interest? He considers this question through the lenses of Enlightenment-era political philosophers who met similar challenges during capitalism’s nascent stages. His dissertation considered Montesquieu’s conception of political moderation in the context of John Law’s economic system in early eighteenth-century France. His current project examines how the politics of the South Sea ‘Bubble’ in England [1720] informed early debates in American political economy, with a view towards gaining a deeper understanding of how financial crisis impacts citizens’ trust in public institutions. Constantine was recently awarded a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. He joins the Kinder Institute as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Thought & Constitutionalism.

 

Hanna Watson

Hanna Watson

Kinder Scholars,

Originally from Jefferson City, and now residing in Columbia, Hanna Watson is a Mizzou sophomore, double-majoring in International Anthropological Studies and Constitutional Democracy with a minor in Spanish. On Mizzou’s campus, she is President of the premier coed A Cappella group, Mizzou Forte, co-chair of Programming and Education for her sorority’s Advocacy Committee, and an English Conversation Partner to international students at MU. Hanna also serves with the AmeriCorps program, Jumpstart for Early Childhood Education, and she spent last summer volunteering for Nicole Galloway’s gubernatorial campaign as a finance intern.

 

Steven Watts

Steven Watts

Affiliated Faculty,

Steven Watts is Professor of History at the University of Missouri, where he has won the Kemper Teaching Award and the system-wide Thomas Jefferson Award and served two terms as Chair of the Department of History. He has published six books, including biographies of Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Hugh Hefner, and Dale Carnegie, and, most recently, John F. Kennedy. His books have been widely reviewed in prominent newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Review of Books, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, The New Republic, The Atlantic, The Economist, The Nation, Commentary, and National Review, and they have been issued in many foreign editions, including Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Spanish, German, and Korean. Professor Watts has appeared on NPR, PBS, C-SPAN, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg News, Telemundo, BBC, the History Channel, and dozens of radio stations around the United States and Europe. Most recently, he has been involved with two PBS “American Experience” documentary films on Henry Ford and Walt Disney. He has delivered invited lectures at the University of California at Berkeley, Duke University, University of London, University of Paris, Wake Forest, University of Minnesota, Washington University in St. Louis, and many others.

Christina E. Wells

Christina E. Wells

Affiliated Faculty,

Christina E. Wells is the Enoch H. Crowder Professor of Law at the University of Missouri School of Law. Professor Wells received her BA cum laude from the University of Kansas and her JD cum laude from the University of Chicago School of Law, where she was Comment Editor of the Law Review. After graduating from law school, Professor Wells worked in private practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Chicago and Heller, Ehrman, White & McAullife in Los Angeles before joining the University of Missouri faculty in 1993. Professor Wells teaches Freedom of Speech, Administrative Law, Remedies, and Lawyering at MU, and she has served as a visiting professor and Fulbright Scholar in the Czech Republic at Masaryk and Palacky Universities and a visiting professor at the University of Illinois College of Law. She is a recipient of the Husch Blackwell Sanders Distinguished Faculty Award for excellence in teaching and the Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP Excellence in Research

Becca Wells

Becca Wells

Undergraduate Fellows,

Becca Wells is a junior from Columbia, MO, majoring in Political Science and Statistics and minoring in Sociology. At Mizzou, she has been heavily involved in the Mizzou Mock Trial Association, currently serving as Vice President, as well as in her service sorority, Little Sisters of the Gold Rose, where she is currently Fundraising Chair. She is President of Women of Worth, a mentorship program, an Involvement Ambassador, and a member of the Honors College. Becca is also a Deaton Scholar, where she is working on initiatives addressing food insecurity, and she researches democratic institutions in Poland with Professor Mary Stegmaier, Vice Provost for International Programs. She has worked on political campaigns from the city to the congressional level, and upon graduation, Becca plans to attend law school or a Master’s program in order to then pursue a career in public policy, through which she specifically hopes to address Appalachian poverty and socioeconomic inequalities in under-served regions.

John Wigger

John Wigger

Affiliated Faculty,

John Wigger is a Professor in the MU Department of History. He earned a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from West Virginia University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of Notre Dame, where he studied cultural-religious history in the United States. He has broad interests in the interconnections between Christianity and democracy in American history and serves as President of the Conference on Faith and History. Professor Wigger’s publications include Taking Heaven by Storm: Methodism and the Rise of Popular Christianity in America, 1770-1820 (1998), Methodism and the Shaping of American Culture, co-edited with Nathan Hatch (2001), American Saint: Francis Asbury and the Methodists (2009), and most recently, PTL: The Rise and Fall of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Evangelical Empire, published by Oxford University Press in August 2017. He regularly teaches courses on the social and cultural history of the United States.

Claire Wilkins

Claire Wilkins

Undergraduate Fellows,

Claire Wilkins is a junior from Kansas City, Missouri, majoring in Journalism, with minors in Constitutional Democracy and English. She was a Student Politics reporter for The Maneater, has been involved in MizzouThon and the True Tiger Network, and previously completed an internship as a Digital Data Analyst at Evolytics, where she worked on optimizing brand experiences. She also enjoys volunteering with the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition, Missouri River Relief, and True/False Film Festival, and upon graduation, hopes to attend Oxford University for a graduate degree.