Faculty Publications


  • Raising Government Children: A History of Foster Care and the American Welfare State

    Analyzing the ideas, debates, and policies surrounding foster care and foster parents’ relationship to public welfare, University of Missouri Associate Professor of History Catherine Rymph reveals the framework for the building of the foster care system and draws out its implications for today’s child support networks.


  • PTL: The Rise and Fall of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Evangelical Empire

    PTL is more than just the spectacular tale of the rise and fall of the Bakkers. In it, John Wigger traces their lives from humble beginnings to wealth, fame, and eventual disgrace, telling the story of a group of people committed to religious innovation, who pushed the boundaries of evangelical religion’s engagement with American culture and revealed both the power of big religion in American life as well as its limits in the process.

  • Gateway to Equality: Black Women and the Struggle for Economic Justice in St. Louis

    A stunning account of black working-class women’s struggle for economic justice from the rise of New Deal liberalism in the 1930s to the social upheavals of the 1960s, Prof. Keona Ervin’s work sheds light on an unexplored aspect of community activism and illuminates the complexities of the overlapping civil rights and labor movements during the first half of the twentieth century.

  • The Rise of the Representative: Lawmakers and Constituents in Colonial America

    Representation is integral to the study of legislatures, yet virtually no attention has been given to how representative assemblies developed and what that process might tell us about how the relationship between the representative and the represented evolved. The Rise of the Representative corrects that omission by tracing the development of representative assemblies in colonial America and revealing they were a practical response to governing problems, rather than an imported model or an attempt to translate abstract philosophy into a concrete reality.

  • Electing the House: The Adoption and Performance of the U.S. Single-Member District Electoral System

    Locating the development of the single-member district system within the context of American political thought, Dow’s study clarifies the workings and significance of a critical electoral process in our time, while in the process informing and enhancing our understanding of the evolution of the American political system.

  • The Accessible Federalist

    Faithfully re-phrased for modern readers by an established and respected scholar of American political thought, the selected essays included here offer today’s readers a judicious and effective first approach to The Federalist’s most important ideas.

  • A Guide to the Missouri Constitution

    Justin B. Dyer & Greg Casey

    A Guide to the Missouri Constitution is the most efficient text for understanding the structure of Missouri’s government and the relevance that its lengthy Constitution has to contentious issues in the state today.

  • JFK and the Masculine Mystique: Sex and Power on the New Frontier

    From very early on in his career, John F. Kennedy’s allure was more akin to a movie star than a presidential candidate. Why were Americans so attracted to Kennedy in the late 1950s and early 1960s—his glamorous image, good looks, cool style, tough-minded rhetoric, and sex appeal?

  • C.S. Lewis on Politics and the Natural Law

    Justin Dyer

    Co-authored with Micah J. Watson, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Politics & Religion at Union University, C.S. Lewis on Politics and the Natural Law debunks the commonly held assumption that Lewis was uninterested in politics and public affairs by exploring “the contours of Lewis’ multi-faceted Christian engagement with political philosophy generally and the natural law tradition in particular” and, in the process, situating him among ancient and modern seminal thinkers.

  • Lloyd Gaines and the Fight to End Segregation

    James Endersby and William T. Horner

    This is is the first book to focus entirely on the Gaines case and the vital role played by the NAACP and its lawyers—especially Charles Houston, known as “the man who killed Jim Crow”—as they advanced a concerted strategy to produce political change.


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