Our Faculty

Ashland's MA programs in American history and government feature the full-time faculty of our own Department of History and Political Science as well as additional faculty selected from universities around the nation.

Faculty & Staff

Name & Contact Bio & Website
John Moser
Professor of History, Interim Director of the Graduate School, Co-Chair, Master of American History and Government
119, Andrews Hall
419.289.5231
jmoser1@ashland.edu
John Moser is professor of history at Ashland University, where he teaches courses on modern European, American and East Asian history. He did his undergraduate work at Ohio University, and has an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published numerous works on subjects ranging from comic books to Japanese foreign policy. He is author of three books, the most... Read More

Peter C. Myers
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
715.836.2188
myerspc@uwec.edu
Peter C. Myers is Professor of Political Science, specializing in political philosophy and U.S. constitutional law, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Northwestern University and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago. His Ph.D. dissertation, “John Locke on the Naturalness of Rights,” received the American Political Science Association’s Leo... Read More

Mackubin T. Owens
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
401.841.2015
owensm@usnwc.edu
Professor Mackubin T. Owens is Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College. From 1999 until 2010, he was also Associate Dean of Academics for Electives and Directed Research. He is a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia, and editor of Orbis, FPRI’s quarterly journal. He specializes in the planning of US strategy and forces, especially naval... Read More

Christian A. Pascarella
Director, Master of Arts in American History and Government
807, Ashbrook Center
419.289.5608
cpascare@ashland.edu
Christian Pascarella is the director of the Master of Arts in American History and Government.

Joseph Postell
Adjunct Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center

jpostell@uccs.edu
Joseph Postell is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where he teaches courses on American political institutions, American political thought, and administrative law. His research focuses primarily on regulation, administrative law, and the administrative state. He is the editor, with Bradley C.S. Watson, of Rediscovering Political Economy.  He is currently... Read More

Eric Pullin
Adjunct Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
262.551.6323
epullin@carthage.edu
Eric Pullin is Assistant Professor of History and Asian Studies at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He earned a B.A. in history from Rockford College, an M.A. in history from Northern Illinois University, an A.M. in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Pullin's primary teaching and... Read More

Eric Sands
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
706.238.7896
esands@berry.edu
Eric Sands is Associate Professor of Government at Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia.

Gregory L. Schneider
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
620.341.5565
gschneid@emporia.edu
Gregory Schneider is Professor of History at Emporia State University, where he has taught since 1998. He teaches courses in modern American history, the 1960s, diplomatic history, the history of railroads, and the history of conservatism. His research interests lie in the history of American conservatism. He has published five books: Cadres for Conservatism: Young Americans for Freedom and the Rise of the... Read More

Peter W. Schramm
Professor of Political Science, Emeritus Chair, MAHG Program, Ashbrook Center Senior Fellow
810, Ashbrook Center
419.289.5411
pschramm@ashland.edu
Peter W. Schramm is Professor of Political Science at Ashland University and emeritus chair of the Master of Arts in American History and Government. From 1995 to 2013, he served as executive director of the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University. Prior to his work at Ashland, he served in the Reagan administration as the director of the Center for International Education in the United... Read More

Michael Schwarz
Assistant Professor of History
121, Andrews Hall
419.289.5233
mschwarz@ashland.edu
Michael Schwarz is Assistant Professor of History at Ashland University and serves as an assistant director of the Ashbrook Scholar Program. He has published essays on Founding-era politics and foreign relations, including articles on Jefferson, Madison, and Hamilton in the Journal of the Early Republic and the Journal of Southern History.  He was named Ashland University’s Outstanding Male Faculty Member of the... Read More

Jeffrey Sikkenga
Associate Professor of Political Science
118, Andrews Hall
419.289.5625
jsikkeng@ashland.edu
Jeffrey Sikkenga is Associate Professor of Political Science at Ashland University, adjunct fellow of the John M. Ashbrook Center, and senior fellow in the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy at the University of Virginia. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in political thought, the American Founding, and American constitutional law. He is deeply interested in the relationship between politics... Read More

Sarah Morgan Smith
Graduate Teaching Assistant
801, Ashbrook Center
848.932.9283
smsmith@polisci.rutgers.edu
Sarah Morgan Smith is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, an adjunct instructor at Montclair State University, and an alumna of the Master of Arts in American History and Government at Ashland University. At Rutgers, she has served as a teaching assistant in courses such as The Nature of Politics and Law and Politics. Prior to beginning her doctoral work, she served... Read More

Natalie Fuehrer Taylor
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
518.580.5243
ntaylor@skidmore.edu
Natalie Taylor is Associate Professor of Government at Skidmore College.  She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Theory from Fordham University.  She has published The Rights of Woman as Chimera: the Political Philosophy of Mary Wollstonecraft (2007) and an edited volume titled A Political Companion to Henry Adams (2010). At Skidmore College, Dr. Taylor teaches courses on U.S Government Institutions, Feminist... Read More

Stephen Tootle
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
559.737.6184
stephent@cos.edu
Stephen Tootle is Associate Professor of History at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California. Professor Tootle received his B.A. and M.A. from schools close to home (B.A. in History, California Polytechnical State University, 1996; M.A. History, Fresno State, 1997). While at Cal Poly, Tootle worked with David Harlan on his book The Degradation of American History and began reading the works of Ohio... Read More

David Tucker
Ashbrook Center Senior Fellow, Associate Director, MAHG Program
806, Ashbrook Center
419.289.6092
dtucker@ashbrook.org
David Tucker is a Senior Fellow at the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University and Associate Director of the Master of Arts in American History and Government. Prior to joining  Ashbrook, he taught for 15 years at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and worked both in the Pentagon and overseas for the U.S. government. Prior to his government service, Tucker was a William Rainey Harper Fellow at the... Read More

Jace Weaver
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
706.542.5356
jweaver@uga.edu
Jace Weaver is Director of the Institute of Native American Studies, Professor of Religion, and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Georgia. As director, he serves as advisor for all students in the undergraduate and graduate Native American Studies Programs. He holds two doctorates: a JD from Columbia Law School and a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York. Dr. Weaver’s work in Native American... Read More

Jonathan W. White
Adjunct Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
757.594.7995
jonathan.white@cnu.edu
Jonathan W. White is Assistant Professor of American Studies at Christopher Newport University.

David Wrobel
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
405.325.6002
david.wrobel@ou.edu
David Wrobel is Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma, where he holds the Merrick Chair of Western History. He is the author of Global West, American Frontier: Travel, Empire, and Exceptionalism, from Manifest Destiny to the Great Depression (2013); Promised Lands: Promotion, Memory and the Creation of the American West (2002); The End of American Exceptionalism: Frontier Anxiety from the Old West to... Read More

Scott Yenor
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
208.426.1458
syenor@boisestate.edu
Scott Yenor is Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Boise State University. He teaches courses in political philosophy and has also published on a variety of subjects, including the Scottish Enlightenment, the philosophic status of revealed religion, American literature, and the family in modern political thought. His most recent book, Family Politics: The Idea of... Read More

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