Brianne Wolf

Brianne Wolf

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

Dr. Brianne Wolf 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.


Gregory McBrayer

Gregory McBrayer

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

Dr. Gregory McBrayer 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.