Faculty Spotlight

Jeffrey Sikkenga
Faculty

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 journals such as Political Theory, History of Political Thought, Journal of Politics, Journal of Markets and Morality, and Religion and Liberty. He co-edited History of American Political Thought (Lexington Press, 2003), edited Transforming American Welfare (1999), and co-wrote The Free Person and the Free Economy (2002). He is currently working on a book on the natural right to freedom of religion in the political thought of John Locke and the American Founders, exploring the foundations and political implications of religious liberty as a human right.

Professor David Tucker in class

Our Faculty

Learn from the some of the nation's leading historians and political scientists

In addition to the faculty of Ashland’s own Department of History and Political Science, the MA program’s unique schedule and course delivery options make it possible for noted faculty from universities around the nation to teach with us. At a traditional brick-and-mortar masters of history or political science program, you will study under a small handful of faculty with a narrow range of research interests. At Ashland, you will learn from some of the nation's leading professors of history and of political science.

Professor David Krugler in class

Professor David Krugler discusses US-Soviet relations in America During the Cold War.

Our standards and expectations for our faculty are high. Unlike typical online programs, in which an administrator develops the course curriculum and the instructor merely follows the predeveloped script, our masters of history faculty are free to use their research and teaching expertise to develop rich, dynamic lessons. Class meetings are discussions with an exchange of ideas. Forget the old “sage on the stage” model of dry, one-way lectures. At Ashland, your professors view you as a professional and a peer.

Each of our professors are distinguished lecturers with significant scholarly publications to their credit. In no other program will you learn from the best faculty from institutions like Pepperdine University, Boston College, the University of Dallas, Skidmore College, the United States Military Academy, Michigan State University, Hillsdale College, and more.

Students in our MASTAHG program will also learn from some of the best education faculty available. Each of Ashland's online education courses are taught by full-time professors in our College of Education. Whereas many other institutions will offer courses taught by part-time instructors with limited research experience, you will learn the latest in curriculum and instruction from scholars with a research background.

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