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
William B. Allen William B. Allen
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
Professor William B. Allen is emeritus dean and Professor of Political Philosophy in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University, and 2008-09 Visiting Senior Scholar in the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University. He also served previously on the National Council for the Humanities and as Chairman and Member of the United States... Read More

J. David Alvis J. David Alvis
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
David Alvis is Associate Professor of Political Science at Wofford College. He received his Ph.D. from Fordham University in New York in Political Science and his master's in American Studies from the University of Dallas.  At Wofford, he teaches courses on American Politics including: The American Presidency, Constitutional Law, and Political Parties.  His publications include articles on the Electoral College,... Read More

William Atto William Atto
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
 William Atto is Associate Professor of History at the University of Dallas. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas, Fayetville.  His specialties include United States History with an emphasis on Nineteenth Century America, as well as the American Political, Military, and Intellectual History. 

Jeremy Bailey Jeremy Bailey
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
Jeremy D. Bailey, Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston, holds the Ross M. Lence Distinguished Teaching Chair and a dual appointment in Political Science and the university's Honors College. His research interests include executive power, constitutionalism, and American political thought and development.  His current book project is The Idea of Presidential Representation: An Intellectual and... Read More

Dennis K. Boman Dennis K. Boman
Adjunct Gradaute Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
Dennis K. Boman teaches history at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. He is currently working on a book about the 1858 Illinois campaign. Professor Boman is the author of Lincoln and Citizens’ Rights in Civil War Missouri: Balancing Freedom and Security (2011), for which he received the Missouri Humanity Council’s Distinguished Literary Achievement Award.  Most recently he has published a biography of... Read More

Christopher Burkett Christopher Burkett
Associate Professor of Political Science, Co-Chair, Master of Arts in American History and Government
825, Ashbrook Center
Christopher Burkett is Associate Professor of Political Science at Ashland University, and teaches undergraduate courses on American political thought, the American Founding, and American foreign policy.  He also serves as an Associate Director, Academic Advisor and instructor in the Master of American History and Government program at Ashland University, in which he teaches courses on the American Revolution, the... Read More

Andrew E. Busch Andrew E. Busch
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
Andrew E. Busch is Crown Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College, where he teaches courses on American politics and government. He is the author or co-author of more than two dozen scholarly chapters and articles as well as thirteen books, including Horses in Midstream: U.S. Midterm Elections and Their Consequences, 1894-1998; Ronald Reagan and the Politics of Freedom; The... Read More

Carrie Clever Carrie Clever
Administrative Coordinator, MAHG Program
801, Ashbrook Center
Carrie Clever is the administrative coordinator of the Master of Arts program in American History and Government.  Before joining Ashland in April 2008, Carrie worked as an assistant to Congressman Michael G. Oxley in his Mansfield district office for seven years. She worked as a legal assistant and paralegal for 20 years prior to joining the congressman’s staff. Carrie is the proud mother of three grown children... Read More

Mickey Craig Mickey Craig
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center

Mickey Craig is the William and Berniece Grewcock Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College, where he has taught since 1986. Dr. Craig was selected Hillsdale College Professor of the Year in 1995. Dr. Craig also serves as the Chair of the Department of Politics and as the Faculty Athletic Representative to the NCAA and Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.  Dr. Craig also serves as the Chair of the... Read More

John Dinan John Dinan
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
John Dinan is Professor of Politics at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His research focuses on state constitutionalism, federalism, and American political development. He is the author of several books, including The American State Constitutional Tradition and Keeping the People’s Liberties: Legislators, Citizens, and Judges as Guardians of Rights, and he writes an annual entry on state... Read More

Todd Estes Todd Estes
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
Todd Estes is Professor of History at Oakland University. His teaching specialty is early American history from the American Revolution through the Jacksonian era and his research concentrates on early U.S. political history and political culture. Estes is the author of the book The Jay Treaty Debate, Public Opinion, and the Evolution of Early American Political Culture (2006) in addition to the many articles and... Read More

Christopher Flannery Christopher Flannery
Louaine S. Taylor Professor, Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
Christopher Flannery is Louaine S. Taylor Professor of American History and Government at Ashland University and a Professor in the Honors College at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. He has been a member of the board of directors of the The Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy since 1981 and is currently the senior editor of The Claremont Review of Books. He is... Read More

Joseph R. Fornieri Joseph R. Fornieri
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
Joseph R. Fornieri is Professor of Political Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  He is the author of Abraham Lincoln’s Political Faith (2005), an acclaimed scholarly work that explores Lincoln’s religion and politics. He is also the author or editor of three other books on Abraham Lincoln’s political thought and statesmanship: The Language of Liberty: The Political Speeches and Writings of Abraham... Read More

David Foster David Foster
Chair, Department of History and Political Science, Associate Professor of Political Science
122, Andrews Hall
David Foster is associate professor of political science and chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Ashland University. He teaches undergraduate courses in political philosophy and international relations and graduate courses on Alexis de Tocqueville, the political thought of Mark Twain, and the Federalist Papers. He has published on John Locke, liberal education, and Mark Twain.

Emily Hess Emily Hess
Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Academic Advisor, MAHG & MASTAHG Programs
123, Andrews Hall
Emily Hess joined Ashland University in 2007. She teaches American history with fields of expertise in 19th and 20th century African-American history, specifically the Reconstruction era and the Civil Rights movement. She was selected as Ashland's Outstanding Female Faculty Member of the Year for 2014 and received Ashland University's Mentor Award in January 2012 and 2015. She received her B.A. in American history... Read More

Jason Jividen Jason Jividen
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
Dr. Jividen is Associate Professor of Politics in the McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where he also serves as Fellow in Civic and Constitutional Affairs for the Center for Political and Economic Thought, and Director of the Aurelius Scholars Program in Western Civilization. Since coming to SVC in 2010, Dr. Jividen has taught several courses in... Read More

Jennifer Keene Jennifer D. Keene
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
Jennifer D. Keene is Professor of History and chair of the History Department at Chapman University. She received her Ph.D. in History from Carnegie-Mellon University and is a specialist in American military experience during World War I.  She received the Wang-Franklin Professorship for 2007-09, the highest faculty award given by Chapman University. Dr. Keene has published three books on the American involvement in... Read More

Stephen Knott Stephen F. Knott
Thomas & Mabel Guy Professor, Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
Stephen F. Knott is the Thomas & Mabel Guy Professor of American History and Government at Ashland University and Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College. He served as co-chair of the University of Virginia's Presidential Oral History Program and directed the Ronald Reagan Oral History Project. He is the author of  Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth; Secret and... Read More

Dr. David Krugler David F. Krugler
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
David F. Krugler grew up in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He left his home state to attend Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska. After graduating with degrees in English and history, he earned a M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He moved back to Wisconsin in 1997 to teach at the University of Wisconsin—Platteville, where he’s now Professor of History. A historian of the... Read More

Marc Landy Marc Landy
Edward & Louise Peterson Professor, Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
Marc Landy is the Edward and Louise Peterson Professor of American History and Government at Ashland University and Professor of Political Science at Boston College. With Sidney Milkis, he is the author of Presidential Greatness (2000) and a textbook, American Government: Enduring Principles, Critical Choices, now in its third edition (2014). He is an author of The Environmental Protection Agency From Nixon to... Read More