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Faculty Fellows

Jay Barth    Richard Meagher
Mark E. Button    Adam Myers
Kathleen Cole    Katharine Owens
Victor Eno    Stephen Pimpare
Robert Glover    Eileen Scully
Sheila Suess Kennedy   James D. Slack
Jaclyn Kettler   Darcie Vandegrift
Daniel C. Lewis

Jay Barth
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Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas

Jay Barth is M.E. and Ima Graves Peace Professor of Politics, Director of the Odyssey Program, and Director of Civic Engagement Projects at Hendrix College. Barth’s academic work includes research on the politics of the South, state government and politics, LGBT politics, political communication (particularly radio advertising), and the achievement gap in Arkansas. He is the co-author (with the late Diane D. Blair) of the second edition of Arkansas Politics and Government: Do the People Rule? (University of Nebraska Press, 2005). A native of central Arkansas, Barth attended Hendrix College, graduating in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies. He received a master’s degree in 1989 and a doctorate in 1994 in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A member of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Hendrix since 1994, Barth was named Arkansas Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in 2007 and in 2014 was named winner of the Southern Political Science Association’s Diane Blair Award for Outstanding Achievement in Politics and Government. In 2000-01, Barth received the Steiger Congressional Fellowship from the American Political Science Association and served on the staff of the late U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone (MN) working on education and civil rights policy. Barth serves as chair of the Arkansas State Board of Education. He is also Past President of the Board of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Past President of the Board of the National Association of State Boards of Education, and as Chair-Elect of the board of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund and as a member of the board of the ACLU of Arkansas.

Mark E. Button
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University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

Mark E. Button (Ph.D. Rutgers University, 2001) joined the Department of Political Science at the University of Utah in 2001. His primary field of research is political theory, focusing on the history of political thought, ethics, and deliberative democracy. He is the author of Contract, Culture, and Citizenship: Transformative Liberalism from Hobbes to Rawls (Penn State University Press, 2008) and Political Vices (Oxford University Press 2016). His articles have appeared in Political Studies; Political Theory; Social Theory and Practice; Polity; Law, Culture, and the Humanities; and The Encyclopedia of Political Thought.

Button’s current research and external grant activity brings the insights of political theory to bear on recent social scientific challenges to the concept of moral character. Additional forthcoming works include an article on the politics of suicide, and a new study that lends empirical support to the principle of democratic impartiality. Button teaches courses in ancient and modern political theory, American political thought, philosophy of social science, ethics, and democratic theory. He also serves as the Chair of the Department of Political Science.

Kathleen Colecole
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, Minnesota

Kathleen Cole is an assistant professor of political science in the Department of Social Science at Metropolitan State University. At Metro, Dr. Cole teaches courses in American politics and political philosophy. She is currently teaching Citizenship in a Global Context as well as Democracy, Politics, and Punishment, a course that explores the way in which our policing and punishment policies affect democratic decision-making and vice-versa. Her research is in the subfield of political philosophy and focuses on the effects of white racial identity formation, motivated cognition, and political judgment.

Dr. Cole is also active in local politics in Minnesota. She is on the core leadership team of Showing Up for Racial Justice Minnesota, a local group that organizes white Minnesotans for racial justice through community organizing, mobilizing, and political education. She is a member of and volunteers with Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, a member-led non-profit organization focused on the intersection of race, the economy and public policy. Dr. Cole regularly publishes essays on racial justice issues in Minneapolis in MinnPost, the area’s preeminent political news outlet. She also serves on the Government Relations Council of her faculty union, the Interfaculty Organization.

Victor Enoeno
Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, Tallahassee, Florida

Victor Eno is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, where he teaches political science and public administration/policy courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Eno earned his Ph.D. in Political Science at Howard University. He previously taught in the Department of Political Science & Public Administration at the University of Uyo in Nigeria, and served as a teaching associate/instructor for two years in the Department of Political Science at Howard University. His fields of interest include health policy and politics, public sector governance, global health, international development, and comparative politics with a focus on Africa. Dr. Eno’s articles appear in Public Administration and Management (PAM), Journal of US-China Public Administration, and GSTF Journal of Law and Social Sciences (JLSS). Dr. Eno is an active member of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), and serves on the governing board of the North Florida Chapter of ASPA.

Robert Gloverglover
University of Maine, Orono, Maine

Professor Robert W. Glover is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Honors, a joint appointment at the University of Maine. He is also Co-Director of the Maine chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network. His research and teaching focus on democratic theory, community engagement, and public policy. Professor Glover is the creator of the innovative “Engaged Policy Studies Practicum” at the University of Maine, where students spend an entire year conducting engaged policy research in collaboration with community partners such as local governments and non-profit organizations. For this work, Glover has been recognized by the Maine State Legislature, Maine Campus Compact, the Center for Engaged Democracy, and the New England Resource Center for Higher Education.

Sheila Suess Kennedykennedy
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana

Sheila Suess Kennedy is Professor of Law and Public Policy at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, where she directs the IUPUI Center for Civic Literacy. She is a Faculty Fellow with both the Center for Religion and American Culture and the Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence, and an adjunct professor of political science.

Professor Kennedy holds a B.S. from Indiana University, and received her J.D. with honors from I.U. in 1975, where she was managing editor of the Indiana Law Review. She practiced real estate, administrative and business law in Indianapolis, first at Baker & Daniels and later as a partner with Mears, Crawford, Kennedy & Eichholz, and served as Corporation Counsel for the City of Indianapolis from 1977-1980. In 1980, she was the Republican candidate for Indiana’s then 11th Congressional District seat. Professor Kennedy was president of Kennedy Development Services from 1987 until 1992, when she became Executive Director of the Indiana Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union. She joined the faculty of the School of Public and Environmental affairs in 1998.

Ms. Kennedy is the author of eight books, What’s a Nice Republican Girl Like Me Doing at the ACLU? (Prometheus Books); Free Expression in America: A Documentary History (Greenwood Publishing); Pickin’ Fights With Thunderstorms: A Love Story (Kern); Charitable Choice at Work: Faith-Based Jobs Programs in the States (with Wolfgang Bielefield)(Georgetown University Press), God and Country: America in Red and Blue (Baylor University Press); Distrust, American Style: Diversity and the Crisis of Public Confidence (Prometheus Books), American Public Service: Constitutional and Ethical Foundations (with David Schultz) (Jones & Bartlett) and Talking Politics? What You Need to Know Before You Open Your Mouth (Georgetown University Press). She was also the co-editor of To Market, To Market: Reinventing Indianapolis, an analysis of Indianapolis’ privatization experience under former Mayor Stephen Goldsmith (University Press of America).

In addition to her books, Professor Kennedy has published numerous book chapters and articles in scholarly journals and law reviews. She is a regular columnist for the Indianapolis Business Journal. Professor Kennedy blogs regularly at www.sheilakennedy.net, and at Inequality.org, and is a frequent contributor to other blogs and periodicals.

Sheila and her husband Bob have five grown children and four perfect grandchildren.

Jaclyn Kettler kettler
Boise State University, Boise, Idaho

Professor Jaclyn Kettler is an assistant professor of political science at Boise State University. She earned her Ph.D. at Rice University and her BA at Baker University. Kettler’s research focuses on American politics with an emphasis on state politics, political parties & interest groups, campaign finance, and women in politics. She has published research in Political Research Quarterly and The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics. In 2015, she received the Christopher Mooney Dissertation Award for the best dissertation in American state politics completed in the previous year.

Daniel C. Lewis lewis
Siena College, Loudonville, New York

Daniel C. Lewis is an associate professor of political science at Sienna College. He earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2008 and previously directed the University of New Orleans’ graduate programs in political science. Dr. Lewis’ work on direct democracy, minority rights, term limits, LGBT politics, the policy process, and interest groups has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals. His first book, Direct Democracy and Minority Rights: A Critical Review of the Tyranny of the Majority in the American States was published in 2013. His next book, The Remarkable Rise of Transgender Rights, coauthored with Jami K. Taylor and Donald Haider-Markel, is set to be published by the University of Michigan Press in the coming year. Dr. Lewis teaches American politics and public policy courses with an emphasis on political institutions.

Richard Meagher meagher
Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia

Rich Meagher is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Social Entrepreneurship at Randolph-Macon College, where he teaches courses in American politics and political theory. His work on American conservatism and the Religious Right has appeared in numerous publications, including Political Science Quarterly, the Journal of Policy History, and New Political Science. He blogs about Virginia state and local politics at rvapol.com.

Adam Myers myers
Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island

Adam Myers is an assistant professor of political science at Providence College. Myers received his doctorate from the Department of Government at University of Texas at Austin. He previously taught at Saint Louis University as a visiting assistant professor of political science. His research areas include state politics and political geography. In October, Myers was elected to the Governing Board of Common Cause Rhode Island, the state’s leading advocacy organization dedicated to government reform. He will be working on designing and advocating for redistricting reform legislation in the state. 

Katharine Owens owens
University of Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut

Katharine Owens is an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics Economics, and International Studies and the Director of University Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Hartford. She teaches courses in American government, research methods, and public policy, particularly environmental policy.

She researches the way policy is implemented and the impact it has in the world. Past projects have measured the effect of campus sustainability initiatives, evaluated how people make decisions about water resources, and examined collaboration of stakeholders in sustainability projects abroad. She loves to get her students out into the real world to clean up water resources, to engage in research and community projects, and to advocate for change.

Currently, she examines the impact of active and engaged teaching methods on student learning, including experiential learning, universal design for learning, and arts-based learning. She is also fascinated by the way we use visual media to express political ideas.

Stephen Pimparejackson
University of New Hampshire, Manchester, New Hampshire

Stephen Pimpare is a Senior Lecturer in Politics & Society and a Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. In addition to his 15 years of work in the traditional classroom, he has designed and taught online courses and seminars on poverty and social policy for AmeriCorps VISTA, the Silver School of Social Work at NYU, and the Simmons School of Social Work.

His second book, A People's History of Poverty in America, received the Michael Harrington Award from the American Political Science Association, “for a book that demonstrates how scholarship can be used in the struggle for a better world." His newest book, Ghettoes, Tramps, and Welfare Queens: Down & Out on the Silver Screen, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017.

Dr. Pimpare previously served as a senior-level administrator of not-for-profit direct service and advocacy organizations addressing issues of poverty, hunger, and homelessness throughout New York City. One of the programs he helped to create, One City Café, New York’s first non-profit restaurant, was hailed by the New York Times as “the reinvention of the soup kitchen” and received the Victory Against Hunger Award from the United States Congressional Hunger Center.

Eileen Scullyscully
Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont

Eileen Scully has taught at Bennington College (VT) since 2000. Her interdisciplinary courses combine history, law, politics, public action, and local governance. A scholar of American and international history, Scully is the author of Bargaining with the State from Afar: American Citizenship in Treaty Port China. She has published articles and reviews in The Journal of American HistoryInternational History ReviewPacific Historical ReviewThe Journal of Modern History, and The American Historical Review. An SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in International Peace and Security took her to Harvard Law School and to the Henry Dunant Institute in Geneva, Switzerland, and for six years she taught at Princeton University. Her most recent work combines international law and American foreign policy, with an article on human trafficking and an essay The U.S. and International Affairs,1789-1919, commissioned for The Cambridge History of Law in America. Scully is the recipient of the 2005 Eugene Ascher Distinguished Teaching Prize, awarded annually by the American Historical Association. She recently completed an MS in mediation and conflict science, through Champlain University. MA in Russian Area Studies and PhD in American History, Georgetown University; language studies, the Pushkin Institute in Moscow and Hong Kong Chinese University. 

James D. Slackslack
Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi

James D. Slack is a professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration, College of Public Service, at Jackson State University. He holds the doctorate and master’s degrees in political science from Miami University, the B.A. in government from The Ohio University, and a second doctorate in Christian Counseling from the National Christian Counseling Association (NCCA) through Cornerstone University. Dr. Slack is a licensed (NCCA) pastoral counselor working with the homeless, women who are victims of human trafficking, and men on death row.

Professor Slack’s research centers on ethics and the intimate consequences of public policy, specifically Death Policy in the U.S. He is author of two editions of Abortion, Execution, and the Consequences of Taking Life (Transaction). He also writes in the area of workplace discrimination and health/disabilities policy. He is author of two editions of HIV/AIDS and the Public Workplace (University of Alabama Press). His Public Administration Review (PAR) article, “The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Workplace: Management’s Responsibilities in AIDS-Related Situations,” was reprinted in a volume of ASPA Classics on “public personnel administration and labor relations.” His Review of Public Personnel Administration article, “From Affirmative Action to Full Spectrum Diversity in the American Workplace: Shifting the Organizational Paradigm,” is reprinted or highlighted in several public administration text books. Dr. Slack won the national Laverne Burchfield Award for his PAR article, “The Public Administration of AIDS.” To date, Dr. Slack is author or co-author of eight books and approximately 55 articles and book chapters. His publications can also be found in scholarly outlets in India, Canada, and Russia. Professor Slack is (or has been) a member of the editorial boards of several journals, including Public Administration Review, the International Journal of Public Administration, the Annual Review of Urban Affairs, and Public Organization Review: A Global Journal. He is also a member of the Executive Advisory Board of the Ralph Bunche Journal of Public Affairs.

Darcie Vandegriftvandegrift
Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

Darcie Vandegrift is Professor of Sociology in the Department for the Study of Culture and Society at Drake University. She has led students in extensive civic engagement and service learning through her courses in Global Youth Studies, Sociology of Childhood, Research Methods, and Social Stratification.  She has published on youth studies in global contexts, and creates collaborative projects with youth to tell their stories about immigration, refugee, and community experiences.   Vandegrift's research is in the area of youth studies, examining how young people navigate the new political, educational, economic and social landscapes of globalization in everyday life.  She also has published community-based evaluation research with Des Moines stakeholders. Her recent publications explore digital satire, Latin American youth politics and how U.S. students consider multiculturalism and internationalization.