Faculty

Jeffrey Sikkenga

Jeffrey Sikkenga

Jeffrey Sikkenga

Professor of Political Science at Ashland University and Co-Director of the Ashbrook Scholar Program

Dr. Jeffrey Sikkenga teaches in both of the Academies on American History. He 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 teaches in both of the Academies on American History. He 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.

 

Brianne Wolf

Brianne Wolf

Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ashland University and Director of the Political Economy Program

Dr. Brianne Wolf teaches in the Academy on Political Economy. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  At Ashland, Dr. Wolf teaches courses in political economy, such as “The Political Economy of a Free Society” and “The Welfare State and Beyond.” She has published articles on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Adam Smith, and F.A. Hayek. Dr. Wolf’s research and teaching reflect on questions about the interaction between economics and politics, liberalism, and moral judgment. Each theme relates to her central concern as a scholar: understanding the proper relationship between the individual and society.

 

Jason Stevens

Jason Stevens

Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ashland University and Assistant Director of the Ashbrook Scholar Program

Dr. Jason Stevens teaches in both the Academies on American History. He received his B.A. from Ashland University where he graduated as a member of the Ashbrook Scholar Program. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Dallas.  At Ashland, where he has taught since 2011, he teaches courses on American History, the American Founding, political philosophy, Abraham Lincoln, and Constitutional Law.

 

 

Gregory McBrayer

Gregory McBrayer

Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ashland University and Director of the Core Curriculum

Dr. Gregory McBrayer teaches in both the Academies on American History and the Academy on Political Economy. He received his M.A. from the University of Georgia and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Prior to coming to Ashland, he was an assistant professor at Morehead State University, a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University, and a visiting assistant professor at Gettysburg College. He has published articles in Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy and Kentron: Revue Pluridisciplinaire du Monde Antique, as well as reviews in InterpretationThe Journal for Hellenic StudiesThe American Journal of Islamic Social Science, and Political Science Quarterly.  He is author (with Mary Nichols and Denise Schaeffer) of Plato’s Euthydemus (Focus, 2011) and is the editor of Xenophon: The Shorter Writings (Cornell, forthcoming).

About the Ashbrook Academy

Ashbrook for…

The Ashbrook Academies are summer programs designed for rising high school juniors and seniors who share a deep interest in American history, politics, and economics. 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.

The Academy on American History meets for seven days (June 16-22, 2019), while the Academy on Political Economy meets for three days (July 22-24, 2019). Both convene 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.

The Ashbrook Academies take history, politics, and economics 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.

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