Professor of Political Science at Ashland University and Co-Director of the Ashbrook Scholar Program
Dr. Jeffrey Sikkenga earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. At Ashland, Dr. Sikkenga teaches courses in political thought, the American Founding, and constitutional law. He has published articles and reviews in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Political Theory, History of Political Thought, Journal of Politics, Political Science Quarterly, and the Journal of Markets and Morality. 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). Dr. Sikkenga 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.
Associate Professor of Political Science at Ashland University and Co-Director of the Ashbrook Scholar Program
Dr. Christopher Burkett received his M.A. and Ph.D. in politics from the University of Dallas. He is editor of the Ashbrook Center’s book, 50 Core American Documents: Required Reading for Students, Teachers, and Citizens (2013), and author of several articles and chapters, including “Remaking the World: Progressivism and American Foreign Policy” (Heritage Foundation, 2013), “James Madison and the Grand Convention: The Great Difficulty of Representation” (in A Blackwell Companion to James Madison and James Monroe, 2012), and “The American Founding and Conservative Foreign Policy Today” (in Modern America and the Legacy of the Founding, 2006). Dr. Burkett is also the 2011 recipient of the Edward and Louaine Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award at Ashland University. He serves as faculty advisor to Student Senate, and was named Ashland University’s Outstanding Male Faculty Member of the Year for 2007-08.
Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Ashland University
Dr. Hess received her B.A. from Malone University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from Case Western Reserve University. 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 a Mentor Award in 2012. She received the Jayne and Cecil Lyman Prize for best dissertation at Case Western Reserve in 2013-14. She has been teaching at Ashland since 2007.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ashland University
Prof. Stevens received his B.A. from Ashland University and his M.A. from the University of Dallas. He is currently finishing his dissertation for his Ph.D. in Politics also from the University of Dallas. He teaches political thought and history classes with fields of expertise in the American Founding, Abraham Lincoln, and political philosophy. He was a member of the Ashbrook Scholar Program during his undergraduate years at Ashland. He has been teaching at Ashland since 2011.