June 16-22, 2019



Jeffrey Sikkenga

Jeffrey Sikkenga

Jeffrey Sikkenga

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 SciencePolitical 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.


Christopher Burkett

Christopher Burkett

Christopher Burkett

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.

Gregory McBrayer

Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ashland University

Dr. McBrayer received his B.A. from Emory University, his M.A. at the University of Georgia, and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. In addition to his teaching duties, he serves as the director of the core curriculum at Ashland University.

Jason Stevens

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.

About the Ashbrook Academy

Ashbrook for…

The Ashbrook Academy is a summer program designed for rising high school juniors and seniors who share a deep interest in American history and politics. Unlike other courses or programs that tend to erode young Americans’ proper pride in their country by emphasizing its historical failures, the Academy invites students to consider the American experiment as a historical triumph, a victory for reason and the human spirit that warrants grateful celebration but also demands serious study. We welcome your participation.

The Academy meets for seven days (June 16-22, 2019) at the Ashbrook Center on the campus of Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio immersing participants in a deep study of the biggest challenges that have faced our Republic. This summer we will be holding two separate academies simultaneously – one that will survey the most important questions that have faced our nation from its founding to the civil rights era and a second that will provide a more focused study on the Civil War era for more advanced students.

The Ashbrook Academy takes history out of textbooks and into your life. By the end of the program, students will have acquired a deep understanding of the fundamental principles that define and unite us as Americans.