Faculty Fellows

Jay Barth Amy Linch
Mark E. Button Joseph Mead
Lynne Chandler-García Richard Meagher
Kathleen Cole Colin D. Moore
Stephen Danley Adam Myers
Victor Eno Katharine Owens
Jason Gainous Stephen Pimpare
Robert Glover Michael J. Rich
Amy Gossett Stella M. Rouse
Michelle Inderbitzin Eileen Scully
Sheila Suess Kennedy James D. Slack
Jaclyn Kettler Candis Watts Smith
Jordan Kujala Melissa Stimell
Angela K. Lewis Darcie Vandegrift
Daniel C. Lewis

Melissa Stimell stimell
ENACT Academic Program Director
Interim Director, International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life
Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts 

Melissa Stimell is a Professor of the Practice in the Legal Studies Program at Brandeis University, and Interim Director of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life. She is Academic Program Director of ENACT, which is a national expansion of an initiative she spearheaded at Brandeis with her course "Advocacy for Policy Change." She is the director of the internship programs for the Legal Studies Program and chair of the Program in Social Justice and Social Policy. She currently teaches Advocacy for Policy Change, Conflict Analysis and Intervention, Brandeis Summer in The Hague, and the seminars accompanying the internship programs. She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her law degree from Boston University School of Law. She has been a public interest attorney for over 30 years, focusing on the representation of vulnerable populations in such areas as, criminal law, discrimination of individuals with disabilities, and child welfare.

Jay Barth
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
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.

Lynne Chandler-Garcíachandlergarcia
United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Lynne Chandler-García is an assistant professor of political science at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She teaches classes in the fields of American politics and foreign policy. Before coming to the Air Force Academy, she was a military analyst for the U.S. Army studying current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is involved in local civics and serves on a number of boards in the community, believing strongly in the power of local and state politics.

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. She earned her Ph.D. in political science at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her research is in the subfield of political philosophy and focuses on the effects of white racial identity formation and motivated cognition on political judgment. She teaches courses in American politics and political philosophy.

Dr. Cole is also involved in Minnesota politics. She is a community organizer in the Twin Cities, active in the areas of racial and economic justice. She 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.

Stephen Danleydanley
Rutgers-Camden University, Camden, New Jersey

Stephen Danley is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers-Camden University. His research focus includes urban neighborhoods as well as power, participation and protest in cities, and his work spans from the ethnographic study of policy experiments to exploring the scaffolding necessary to support youth participation. He has a particular soft spot for both Camden, NJ and New Orleans, LA.

He founded and authors the Local Knowledge Blog, which has been featured in Next City magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Philly Magazine. The blog highlights local voice and local issues, particularly in Camden.

A proud alumnus of Penn, Stephen received a Marshall Scholarship to attend the University of Oxford’s Nuffield College, where he received his doctorate in the Department of Social Policy and Interventions.

In a world where community voice is often ignored or silenced, Stephen is an advocate for local knowledge and civic engagement as foundational to both urban policy and urban universities. This perspective is grounded in his experiences as a city-dweller, urban academic, and local activist.

Victor Enoeno
Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, Tallahassee, Florida

Victor Eno is an Associate 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.

Jason Gainousgainous
University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

Jason  Gainous is  a  professor  of political  science  at the  University  of  Louisville. His research and teaching focuses on research methods as well as information technology and politics. Along with teaching traditional classes, he has directed an internship program in the Kentucky General Assembly for 11 years. He has published 2 books, one with Oxford University Press (Tweeting to Power: The Social Media Revolution in American Politics) and  one  with  Rowman  and  Littlefield  (Rebooting  American  Politics: The  Internet Revolution). He has also published various articles in journals including American Politics Research, Journal  of  Information  Technology  &  Politics, Online  Information  Review, Political  Research  Quarterly, Political  Communication, Social  Science  Quarterly,  and Statistical Science among others.

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.

Amy Gossettgossett
Lincoln University of Missouri, Jefferson City, Missouri

Amy Gossett is the campus director of the American Democracy Project (ADP), state government intern coordinator, and full professor of political science at Lincoln University of Missouri. While doing research for her dissertation, she created the Missouri Public Affairs Academy (2000), a residential summer camp, where high school juniors and seniors from around the state acquire the knowledge, skills and dispositions essential for democratic citizen engagement. It has since become an integral part of Missouri State University’s institutional mission in public affairs. She then received her PhD in political theory and policy analysis from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2004.

Dr. Gossett has taught at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO since 2005. In her capacity as ADP director, she has taken part in many important projects such as Deliberative Polling at the Center for Deliberative Democracy, Stanford University, and the Civic Agency Initiative led by Harry Boyte and the Center for Democratic Citizenship. However, some of her most fulfilling work has been as the intern coordinator at the state capital.  She has sent over 200 students to work in all three branches of state government over the last 12 years. Many of those same interns are now state employees and elected officials requesting their own interns from Lincoln University. Some of her other roles include primary instructor and advisor for the Civic Engagement & Public Service Living/Learning Community, the Lloyd Gaines pre-law program, and the Pi Sigma Alpha political science honors society.

Michelle Inderbitzininderbitzin
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

Michelle Inderbitzin primarily studies and focuses her work around prison culture, juvenile justice, and transformative education. She has published papers in Punishment & Society, Journal of Adolescent Research, The Prison Journal, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Criminology & Public Policy, Liberal Education, and College Teaching. In addition, she is co-author of two textbooks on Deviant Behavior and Social Control published with Sage, and co-editor of the book, The Voluntary Sector in Prison: Encouraging Personal and Institutional Change. Dr. Inderbitzin earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington and has been a faculty member at Oregon State University since 2001. Along with her on campus classes on deviance and juvenile delinquency, she helped develop and taught for many years in a bridge program for incoming student-athletes, she leads a summer study abroad program in London, and she regularly teaches classes and volunteers in state youth correctional facilities and Oregon’s maximum-security prison for men. She won the Pacific Sociological Association’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Sociological Praxis in 2016 and the American Society of Criminology’s Teaching Award in 2017 for contributions to teaching in the field of criminology.

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.

Jordan Kujalakujala
University of California Center Sacramento, Sacramento, California

Jordan Kujala is a visiting assistant professor of political science at the University of California Center Sacramento. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California-Davis. In addition to overseeing the internship course at the UC Center, he also teaches courses on research methods, public policy, and American politics. In these courses students complete their own original research project in public policy relating to California politics.

His research focuses on ideological representation in the United States including such topics as public opinion, the output of public policy, candidate decision making, elections, congress, and polarization. More specifically his current research examines the effect that primary and general elections have on the policy preferences of major party candidates for higher office, including the influential role that donor constituencies play in nomination and election of political candidates.

Angela K. Lewislewis1
University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama

Angela K. Lewis is Professor and Interim Chair in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her research appears in the National Political Science Review, PS:Political Science & Politics, American Review of Politics, Journal of African American Studies, Polity, the International Journal of Africana Studies, Whose Black Politics, and The Constitutionalism of American States. She is the author of Conservatism in the Black Community: To the Right and Misunderstood.

Dr. Lewis is on the Executive Council of the Southern Political Science Association and is one of the co-editors of the National Political Science Review. Over the course of her career, Dr.Lewis has received numerous awards including the Anna Julia Cooper Teacher of the Year, UAB Black Student Awareness Committee Faculty Award, and the Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel, TRIO Achiever Award. She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha and Pi Alpha Alpha. She is also a member of Jack and Jill of America and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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.

Amy Linchlinch
Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

Amy Linch is an assistant teaching professor of political science and co-director of undergraduate studies at Penn State University. Professor Linch’s research interests in political theory include early modern political thought, German idealism, Marxist and post-Marxist political thought, feminism and environmental political theory. She is particularly interested in religious toleration and the role of religious intolerance in early modern state consolidation. She has authored and edited several works on democratization in postcommunist societies, including The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest 1500-Present (2009) and Justice, Hegemony and Social Movements: Views from East/Central Europe and Eurasia (2012).

Joseph MeadJoseph Mead photo
Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio

Joseph Mead is an Assistant  Professor of Nonprofit Management and Public Administration at Cleveland State University, where he holds a joint appointment in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Mead studies the law and policy of the nonprofit sector, with special focus on the interactions between nonprofit organizations and  governmental institutions. He also studies policy responses to poverty, particularly homelessness. His work with students on applied policy projects have led to changes in laws throughout Ohio. He teaches courses on nonprofit management, administrative law, state government, and policy advocacy.

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.

Colin D. Mooremoore
University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii

Colin D. Moore is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Public Policy Center at the University of Hawaii. He is also the co-director of the Hawaii chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Hawaii, he served as a research fellow at Yale University’s Center for the Study of American Politics and as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard University.

Professor Moore’s scholarship focuses on American political development, public bureaucracies, health policy, and the historical analysis of institutional change. His research has appeared in the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, and Studies in American Political Development, among other venues. He is the author of American Imperialism and the State: 1893 -1921(Cambridge University Press, 2017).

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.

Michael J. Richrich
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Michael J. Rich is Professor of Political Science and Environmental Sciences, and Director of the Policy Analysis Laboratory at Emory University. He is the author of Collaborative Governance for Urban Revitalization (with Robert Stoker) and Federal Policy making and the Poor, and several publications on federalism and a variety of urban public policy topics, including community development, housing and homelessness, crime, and economic development.  His current research focuses on community building, neighborhood revitalization and local poverty reduction strategies.  He has recently completed evaluation studies of  the Atlanta Housing Authority’s Moving to Work Demonstration to assess the effects of public housing innovations on the well-being of low-and moderate-income families and their children and Atlanta CareerRise, a regional workforce development collaborative designed to meet the needs of both employers and low-income incumbent workers and job seekers. He teaches courses on public policy, public policy analysis, community building and social change, poverty in America, and qualitative and multimethod research, among others.

Dr. Rich received his PhD in political science from Northwestern University and has held research appointments at the Brookings Institution and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He previously taught at Brown University and was the founding executive director of The Providence Plan, a collaborative city-state-university initiative to revitalize the city of Providence and its neighborhoods. From 2000-2014 he served as the founding executive director of Emory’s Center for Community Partnerships, a university-wide initiative to strengthen community-engaged scholarship, learning, and service.

Stella M. Rouserouse
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

Stella M. Rouse is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics, Director of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship, and Associate Director of the University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Rouse’s research and teaching interests focus on Latino politics, minority politics, Millennial politics, state politics, and immigration. She is the author of the book, Latinos in the Legislative Process: Interests and Influence (Cambridge University Press, 2013), which was voted as one of the best political science books of 2013 by The Huffington Post. Her second book, The Politics of Millennials: Political Beliefs and Policy Preferences of America’s Most Diverse Generation (co-authored with Ashley Ross), is forthcoming in 2018. She has published articles on group dynamics and cosponsorship, religion and ethno-racial political attitudes, Latino representation and education, and Millennials and immigration.

Dr. Rouse’s research has been funded by the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation. She has presented her work at such forums as the Brookings Institute, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. She has also written for such media and scholarly outlets as Reuters, NBC News, and Scholars Strategy Network. Rouse was recently selected as an editorial board member for the “Women Also Know Stuff” initiative.

Rouse is a native of Colombia. When she was two years old, her parents immigrated to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where she grew up. She fluently speaks, reads, and writes Spanish.

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. Slack (retired)slack
University of Mississippi, Oxford, 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.

Candis Watts Smithsmith
Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

Candis Watts Smith is Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Penn State University. Her research centers on American political behavior, with an emphasis on race, ethnicity, and inequality. Here, she focuses on individuals’ and groups’ policy preferences, particularly around social policies that exacerbate or ameliorate disparities and inequality between groups. Dr. Smith is the author Black Mosaic: The Politics of Black Pan-Ethnic Diversity (NYU Press, 2014), and co-author of both Stay Woke: A People's Guide to Making All Black Lives Matter (NYU Press, 2019) and Racial Stasis: The Millennial Generation and the Stagnation of Racial Attitudes in American Politics (University of Chicago Press, 2020). 

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.