History and Political Science Department Faculty and Staff

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Christopher Burkett Dr. Christopher Burkett
Acting Chair, Department of History & Political Science, Associate Professor of Political Science, Co-Chair, Master of Arts in American History and Government
129, Andrews Hall
Joined Ashland University in 2005 and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in American political thought and institutions Fields of expertise include the American founding, American foreign policy and political philosophy Co-director of the Ashbrook Scholar Program Named Outstanding Male Faculty Member of the Year in 2008 Received the Edward and Louaine Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011  

David Foster Dr. David Foster
Professor of Political Science
122 , Andrews Hall
Joined Ashland University faculty in 1998 and serves as chair of the Department of History and Political Science Teaches courses in political philosophy and international relations and, in the Masters of American History and Government program, courses on Alexis de Tocqueville, the political thought of Mark Twain and the Federalist Papers. Published on John Locke, liberal education and Mark Twain.

david hadley Dr. David Hadley
Visiting Assistant Professor of History
128, Andrews Hall
Joined Ashland University faculty in 2018 and serves as Visting Assistant Professor of History Previously served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Gettysburg College, and as an instructor at Towson University and George Mason University Field of expertise is modern U.S. history, with a specific focus on the history of U.S. diplomacy and the history of intelligence and espionage in the Cold War era First book, an... Read More

Dr. Duncan Jamieson, Professor of History Dr. Duncan Jamieson
Professor of History
113, Andrews Hall
• Joined Ashland University in 1978 and courses taught include U.S. History to 1877, U.S. History since 1877, Women in American History, History of Ohio and American Social History • Areas of expertise include American history, Ashland University Eagles, bicycling: present and past, American history: 19th & 20th century, racism in america, Africa: sub-sahara, history of American medicine, gay marriage, AIDS,... Read More

greg mcbrayer Dr. Gregory McBrayer
Director, Core Curriculum, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Director of the Political Economy Program
125, Andrews Hall
Joined Ashland University faculty in 2017 and serves as director of Core Curriculum Teaches courses in political philosophy and international relations Prior to coming to Ashland, he was an assistant professor at Morehead State University, a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University, and a visiting assistant professor at Gettysburg College Has published articles in Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy and... Read More

john moser Dr. John Moser
Professor of History, Chair, Master of American History and Government
119, Andrews Hall
Joined Ashland University faculty in 2001 and serves as chair of the Master of American History and Government Program Teaches courses on modern European, American and East Asian history, including Western Civilization to 1500, Western Civilization since 1500, Renaissance and Reformation, Age of Revolution and Reaction, 20th Century Europe, Modern East Asia, and World War II Has published numerous works on subjects... Read More

Dr. Rene Paddags Dr. Rene Paddags
Associate Professor of Political Science
124, Andrews Hall
• Joined Ashland University faculty in 2010 and serves as co-chair of the Master of American History and Government Program • Teaches courses in international relations, comparative politics and regional studies • Prior to joining AU, taught courses in political science and philosophy at the University of Maryland and at Loyola University, Baltimore

cara rogers Dr. Cara Rogers
Assistant Professor
123, Andrews Hall
Cara Rogers is an assistant professor of history at Ashland University, where she teaches courses on the Age of Enlightenment, American history from the colonial era until the Civil War, and Thomas Jefferson. Previously, she taught at Collin College in Dallas and at Rice University. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and has a master’s degree in history from the... Read More

Dr. Jeff Sikkenga, Professor of Political Science Dr. Jeffrey Sikkenga
Interim Executive Director of the Ashbrook Center, Professor of Political Science, Adjunct Fellow of the Ashbrook Center , Senior Fellow, Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy , at University of Virginia
, Ashbrook Center
Joined Ashland University faculty in 1997 and serves as professor of political science Has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and a distinguished visiting professor at the School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University. Teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in political thought, the American Founding and American constitutional law, including courses in Understanding Politics,... Read More

Dr. Cole Simmons
Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science
120, Andrews Hall
Joined Ashland in 2019 and serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of history and politics. Prior to teaching at Ashland he served as the Full-time Temporary Lecturer in political science at Baylor University, as well as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Dallas. Teaches classes on Western history, American political theory, and political theory. Wrote the Locke chapter in Trump and Political Philosophy (... Read More

Jason Stevens Dr. Jason Stevens
Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Political Scienc
115, Andrews Hall
Joined Ashland University faculty in 2011 and serves as visiting assistant professor of history and political science Teaches courses on political thought and history with fields of expertise in the American Founding, Abraham Lincoln, and political philosophy Previously served as adjunct instructor at the University of Akron – Wayne College, North Central State College, and the University of Dallas

david west Dr. David West
Assistant Professor of History
117, Andrews Hall
Joined Ashland University faculty in 2018 and serves as assistant professor of History and Political Science, teaching courses i Latin and in the history, political thought, and literature of the Greek, Roman, and medieval worlds Research focuses on rhetoric and political thought in Cicero and the Roman historians and students with a special interest in the ancient world or in the influence of the Classics on the... Read More