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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 way early liberal thinkers conceived the role of authority in education. 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 Hedgehog Review, and National Affairs.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Timothy Brennan received his doctorate in political science from Boston College. He is originally from Sydney, Australia, and did his undergraduate work at the University of Melbourne. His research interests include democratic theory, the foundations of modern liberalism, American political thought, comparative constitutionalism, and the relation between religion and politics. His work has appeared in the Journal of Politics.

Jordan CashJordan Cash conducts research in American politics, constitutional law, American political thought, and early modern political theory. His doctoral research examines how presidents who were isolated from others institutions used their constitutional powers to achieve their policy goals, providing is with a clearer view of the institutional logic, powers, and limits of the constitutional presidency. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Political Thought, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Law and History Review, and Laws. In 2017, his paper on John Tyler’s use of constitutional presidential power was nominated for the APSA Founders Award, given to the best paper on executive politics presented by a graduate student. Jordan was also nominated for the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award at Baylor University in Spring 2017 and Fall 2018. He is finishing his Ph.D. in political science at Baylor University, where he also received his MA in political science. He received his BA in history and political science from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.


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.