Faculty Spotlight

Jeremy Bailey
Faculty

Jeremy D. Bailey (Associate Professor) holds the Ross M. Lence Distinguished Teaching Chair and has a dual appointment in Political Science and the Honors College at the University of Houston. 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 Political History.  His major publications include James Madison and Constitutional Imperfection (Cambridge University Press, 2015), The Contested Removal Power, 1789-2010 (University Press of Kansas 2013, coauthored with David Alvis and Flagg Taylor), which was named a 2014 “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice, "The New Unitary Executive and Democratic Theory," (American Political Science Review 2008) and Thomas Jefferson and Executive Power (Cambridge University Press 2007).

Bailey attended Rhodes College and received his Ph.D. from Boston College, where his dissertation was the 2004 co-winner of the APSA' s E. E. Schattschneider Prize for best dissertation in American politics. He joined the University of Houston in 2007, and, in 2014, he was awarded the University's Provost Core Teaching Excellence Award.  He is the director of the Phronesis minor in the Honors College and the co-director of the Tocqueville Forum in American Ideas and Institutions.

Our Students

The economic realities faced by most prospective graduate students make the traditional graduate school experience impossible. Family commitments and financial responsibilities mean that giving up full-time employment is simply not an option. Fortunately, there's no need to compromise quality when looking for a program that offers the flexibility you need. With Ashland's Master of Arts programs in American History and Government, you can earn the master's in history or government you want all while still fulfilling your obligations as a spouse, parent, or professional.

What do your students have to say about their experience?

A lot. For many MAHG students, the program has changed their approach to teaching. Imagine being empowered to set aside that drab textbook and teaching entirely with original sources. Others have called their MAHG summers the experience they need to start the next school year with the energy and vigor. Studying a subject they love, surrounded by peers who share that same passion, makes this program the best choice for a truly serious social studies teacher. 

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Who are your students?

Most of our students are secondary school social studies teachers with widely varying degrees of experience. Our students range in age from 22 to 65, with an average age of 39. Some are new teachers having recently finished their undergraduate studies. Others are veteran educators who bring a wealth of practical experience to class with them. Still others are mature adults just starting out in the classroom after military service or a career change.

What they all have in common is a passion for American studies and a desire to become the seasoned scholars their students need. They know that graduate studies shouldn't simply be a way to complete certification requirements; they see a master's program a means to becoming a more knowledgeable, more effective teacher.

Are all of your students teachers?

No! While the program's unique summer and online schedule was developed to meet the needs of teachers, the program has attracted professionals from a range of occupations, as well as others who simply have a strong interest in history and American government. Because of the flexibility of our evening and weekend online courses and the intensive nature of our weeklong summer courses, the program has attracted government and legislative staff, higher education professionals, public policy researchers, museum and historical society staff, and others. In general, our students want to study under a veteran faculty of noted historians and political scientists at an established university on a schedule that fits their needs. Only Ashland offers this combination of quality and flexibility.  

Where do your students come from?

Quite literally, everywhere. Geographically, our students hail from more than 40 states and US territories, as well as several foreign countries. Unlike your local university, you will study alongside students from a broad geographic area, each offering their unique perspectives. Many of our students cite this opportunity to exchange ideas as one of the key benefits of the program. Our new fully-online MASTAHG option makes it even more convenient for students to attend, no matter where they live.