Introducing the 2016-17 Kinder Graduate Fellows

May 21, 2016

The Institute is pleased to announce that the following graduate students in the History and Political Science Departments have been named 2016-17 Kinder Graduate Fellows. Beginning this summer, they will take up residence with our faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows in the Kinder Institute’s new central office space in Jesse Hall.

GF BryantKenneth Bryant, Jr. completed his B.A. in Political Science and African-American Studies at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and his M.A. in Political Science at the University of Missouri. His dissertation at the University of Missouri examines the history of policing in communities of color and assesses perceptions of police performance, with a particular focus on how police response to protests shapes public trust toward policing and preferences for crime control policy. In addition to his research, Kenneth has served as president of the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and as an executive board member of the Association of Black Graduate and Professional Students (ABGPS). For his service as a graduate student leader, he was inducted into the Graduate Professional Council’s Rollins Society in 2015. Kenneth also has been awarded the Dean L. Yearwood Scholarship for Excellence in American Policy Research and the Bryan L. Forbis Scholarship by the MU Department of Political Science.

GF DowdleZachary Dowdle earned his B.A. and M.A. in History from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. His dissertation at the University of Missouri looks at shifting conceptions of race and gender in the political culture of nineteenth-century Missouri and the United States through an examination of the career of James Sidney Rollins, a slave owner who was a leading Whig politician and pro-Unionist. Rollins served as a representative at both the state and national levels, working to establish the University of Missouri in the 1830s and providing a crucial swing vote in Congress that led to the approval of the Thirteenth Amendment. Zachary has presented his work at conferences in Columbia, New Orleans, and San Diego, has received a travel grant from the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, and was a Fellow at the JMC Summer Institute in Philadelphia. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors, either cycling on country roads or hiking along local trails. Zachary will join the Kinder Institute as the Spring 2017 Graduate Fellow in History.

GF FlintBrandon Flint completed his B.A. in History at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA, and his M.A. in History at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His dissertation at MU examines the early history and growth of Protestant short-term missions from the end of the Second World War through the 1970s, with close attention paid to the role of overseas missionaries as they negotiated between their identities as Christians and as Americans. More specifically, while missionaries have always been important in shaping how America’s democratic values are interpreted abroad, Brandon’s dissertation focuses on how, under the long shadow of the Cold War, short-term missionaries in particular fought on the front lines to combat communism in the Soviet Union and to promote the image of the United States in the developing third world. Brandon will serve as a Kinder Graduate Fellow during the Fall 2016 semester.

GF RostSean Rost completed his B.S. in History Education at William Woods University in Fulton, MO, and his M.A. in History at Lincoln University, in Jefferson City.  His dissertation at MU examines the revival of the Ku Klux Klan during the 1920s, with a particular focus on the efforts of anti-Klan activists to use their power at the polls, in the pulpit, and in the press to stymie the growth of the “Invisible Empire” in Missouri.  Sean has received research grants from the James S. Rollins Slavery Atonement Endowment, the William A. Wilcher Endowment, and the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame. He has taught American History to 1865 at the University of Missouri, American History to 1877 and American History since 1877 at Columbia College-Jefferson City, and on-campus and online history courses at William Woods University.

GF SwiftClint Swift earned his B.A. in Political Science from Whittier College and his M.A. in Government from California State University-Sacramento. His research interests include state legislative institutions and behavior and electoral accountability, and his dissertation at MU focuses on the determinants of state legislative committee system structure as well as its effects on legislative outcomes. Clint is the past recipient of a research grant from the Kinder Institute, the J.G. Heinberg Scholarship for comparative political research, and the Dean L. Yarwood and Bryan L. Forbis Awards for the study of American politics and public policy. He has taught courses on American politics in the MU Department of Political Science.