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James CeaserJames W. Ceaser is Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1976. He has written several books on American politics and political thought, including Presidential Selection, Liberal Democracy and Political Science, Reconstructing America, and Nature and History in American Political Development. Professor Ceaser has held visiting professorships at the University of Florence, the University of Basel, Oxford University, the University of Bordeaux, and the University of Rennes.

Professor Ceaser has spent much time working in the areas of civic education and democracy studies. He has traveled extensively for the State Department giving lectures on American politics and advising programs designed for the study of American politics. His most important contribution in the area was his role in the planning and establishment of The George C. Marshall Center for European Studies in Garmisch, Germany, for which the United States Army awarded him The Joint Meritorious Unit Award for Total Engagement (1996). Professor Ceaser is a frequent contributor to the popular press, and he often comments on American politics for the Voice of America.

Associate Director

Rita KoganzoRita Koganzon is a lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. Her work focuses on childhood, education, and the family in historical and contemporary political thought. Her research has been published in the American Political Science Review, the Review of Politics, and the History of Education Quarterly. She is currently working on a book that examines the changing relationship between familial and political authority in English and French political thought from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. She received her PhD in Government from Harvard University and her BA in History from the University of Chicago. She has worked as an editorial assistant at the New York Times, and occasionally contributes to popular publications, including the New Atlantis, the Claremont Review of Books, and National Affairs.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Connor EwingConnor Ewing is the 2016-2018 Postdoctoral Fellow in the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy and a Lecturer in the Department of Politics. Spanning the fields of Public Law and American Politics, his research focuses on American constitutional theory, American political thought, and American political and constitutional development. His doctoral research examined the relationship between the structure of the federal system and development of American constitutionalism. In 2017, his dissertation was nominated for the Edward S. Corwin Award for Best Dissertation in Public Law. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the International Journal of Constitutional Law and the Tulsa Law Review. Connor received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, A.M. from the University of Chicago, and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.


Lynn UzzellLynn Uzzell received her BA in speech communications at Black Hills State University and her MA and PhD in politics at the University of Dallas. She has taught extensively on political philosophy, rhetoric, the United States Constitution, and American political thought at Baylor University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Richmond. She specializes in the Constitutional Convention of 1787. For four years she was also the scholar in residence at the Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier. She is currently teaching a course in the American Political Tradition at the University of Virginia and working on the first complete and impartial appraisal of James Madison’s Notes of the Constitutional Convention.


Evan PivonkaEvan Pivonka received his PhD in Politics at the University of Virginia. He is Special Assistant to the Honor Committee.