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
Adam Seagrave Adam Seagrave
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
573.882.8170
seagraves@missouri.edu
Adam Seagrave (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame) is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri, where he also serves as Associate Professor of Constitutional Democracy with the university's Kinder Institute for Constitutional Democracy. His research focuses on the central ideas of the American political tradition, both in the American context itself as well as its antecedents in the... Read More

Abbylin H. Sellers Abbylin H. Sellers
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
626.815.6000
asellers@apu.edu
Abbylin H. Sellers, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Political Science at Azusa Pacific University. Her areas of teaching emphasis are American politics and public policy, specifically American government, U.S. political institutions (including the constitutional presidency and war powers; Congress and the legislative process), state and local politics, welfare policy, and twentieth century Communism. Her primary... Read More

Jeffrey Sikkenga Jeffrey Sikkenga
Professor of Political Science
118, Andrews Hall
419.289.5625
jsikkeng@ashland.edu
Jeffrey Sikkenga is Professor of Political Science and co-director of the Ashbrook Scholar program at Ashland University. 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 and religion in liberal democracy and America in particular. He has published articles and reviews in... Read More

Sarah Morgan Smith Sarah Morgan Smith
Adjunct Gradaute Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
609.258.7117
smorgan6@ashland.edu
Sarah Morgan Smith is an Ashbrook Center Fellow, General Editor of Ashbrook's Core Documents Collections, and co-director of the Center's Religion in American History and Politics project. Prior to this, she was the 2016-17 James Madison Program Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University.  Her teaching and research focus on the intersection of religion and politics in American history,... Read More

Jason Stevens Jason W. Stevens
Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, Academic Advisor, MAHG & MASTAHG Programs
115, Andrews Hall
419.289.4933
jsteven2@ashland.edu
Jason Stevens, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, joined Ashland University in 2011. Previously, he served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Akron – Wayne College, North Central State College, and the University of Dallas. He teaches political thought and history courses with fields of expertise in the American Founding, Abraham Lincoln, and political philosophy. He received his B.... Read More

James Stoner James R. Stoner, Jr.
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
225.578.2538
poston@lsu.edu
Professor James R. Stoner, Jr. is Hermann Moyse, Jr., Professor and Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute in the Department of Political Science at Louisiana State University.  He is the author of Common-Law Liberty: Rethinking American Constitutionalism (Kansas, 2003) and Common Law and Liberal Theory: Coke, Hobbes, and the Origins of American Constitutionalism (Kansas, 1992), as well as a number of articles and... Read More

Sean Sutton Sean Sutton
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
585.475.4620
sdsgsm@rit.edu
Sean Sutton is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Politics from the Institute of Philosophic Studies at the Univeristy of Dallas in 2001, where his research culminated in a dissertation critiquing rational choice theory, entitled "A Wealth of Notions: The Poverty of Rational Choice." He is the author (with John... Read More

Natalie F. Taylor 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 Stephen Tootle
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
559.737.6184
stephent@cos.edu
Stephen Tootle is Professor of History at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California.  Professor Tootle received his history degrees from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (B.A., 1996), Fresno State (M.A., 1997), and Ohio University (Ph.D., 2004).  Tootle taught American political history, American intellectual history, and U.S. foreign policy at the University of Northern Colorado and Georgia State before moving... Read More

Dr. David Tucker David Tucker
Earhart Senior Fellow, Associate Director, MAHG Program
805, Ashbrook Center
419.289.5411
dtucker@ashbrook.org
David Tucker is the Earhart 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... Read More

Jace Weaver Jace Weaver
Honored Visiting Gradaute Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
706.542.5356
jweaver@uga.edu
Jace Weaver is the Franklin Professor of Native American Studies and Religion, director of the Institute of Native American Studies, and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Georgia.Dr. Weaver's work in Native American Studies is highly interdisciplinary, though focusing primarily on three areas: religious traditions, literature, and law. He is the author or editor of ten books, including That the People... Read More

Jonathan White Jonathan W. White
Adjunct Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
757.594.7995
jonathan.white@cnu.edu
Jonathan W. White is Associate Professor of American Studies and a senior fellow at the Center for American Studies at Christopher Newport University. He is the author of several books and articles about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. His recent book, Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln, was selected by Civil War Monitor as one of the best books of 2014, was a Finalist for the... Read More

David Wrobel 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), winner of the Western Heritage (Wrangler) Award for Western Nonfiction; Promised Lands: Promotion, Memory and the Creation of the American West (2002); The... Read More

Scott Yenor 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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