Jeffrey Sikkenga
Jeffrey Sikkenga
Professor of Political Science
Executive Director, Ashbrook Center
801, Ashbrook Center
Jeffrey Sikkenga
Professor of Political Science
Executive Director, Ashbrook Center


Jeffrey Sikkenga is Executive Director of the Ashbrook Center and Professor of Political Science at Ashland University. Jeff has been at Ashland and connected to the Ashbrook Center since 1997, serving as an adjunct fellow of the Center, a faculty member in Ashbrook’s Teaching American History program, co-director of the Ashbrook Scholar Program, and Interim Executive Director.

At Ashland University, Jeff served as President and Vice-President of the Faculty Senate and was chair of the search committee for the Provost of the University. He was also assistant chair of the Department of History and Political Science.

Jeff has been a senior fellow in the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy at the University of Virginia, a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and the William E. Simon Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. He has lectured across the country on religious liberty, American politics, and the Supreme Court. He is the author of a number of reviews, articles, and book chapters on political thought, the US Constitution, and politics and religion. They have appeared in journals such as  American Journal of Political Science, Political Theory, History of Political Thought, Journal of Politics, and Political Science Quarterly. He has published several books, including History of American Political Thought (2nd edition).

Research Areas

American Political Thought
Religion in American Democracy
Constitutional Law


PhD, University of Toronto
MA, University of Toronto
BA, University of Virginia

Courses Taught

AHG 501 - The American Revolution
AHG 601 - Sources of the American Regime
AHG 630 - John Marshall and Earl Warren
AHG 641 - The Supreme Court
AHG 660 - The Fourth Amendment