Past Fellows


TIMOTHY BRENNAN (PhD, Boston College) is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas – Austin 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 CASH (PhD, Baylor University) is a lecturer in the political science department at Baylor University. He 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. He received his BA in history and political science from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.


CONNOR EWING (PhD, University of Texas – Austin) is assistant professor of political science at the University of Missouri. 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.


ETHAN ALEXANDER-DAVEY (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.Phil., University of Cambridge) is assistant professor of political science at Campbell University. His work focuses on such themes as nationalism, constitutionalism, religion and politics, and critiques of liberal democracy. He has essays published in History of Political Thought and Dostoevsky’s Political Thought. His current book manuscript, Birthright Democracy: Nationhood and Self-Government in History, examines the role of nationalism in the emergence of constitutional self-government in the West. His next book project will consider the problem of socio-economic inequality from the point of view of the American founding fathers such as Adams and Jefferson, and other 18th-century republican thinkers. In 2013-2014, Dr. Alexander-Davey was a postdoctoral research associate in the political science department at Washington University in St. Louis. A graduate of Amherst College, he received his M.Phil. from Cambridge University and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

SHILO BROOKS (Ph.D., Boston College) is an instructor in the Herbst Program of Humanities in Engineering at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He conducts research in the history of political thought, focusing on the theoretical foundations of liberalism in thinkers from Rousseau to Nietzsche. His current projects include a book manuscript entitled Nietzsche’s Beginning: A Study of the Early Period, and an article on Burke, Tocqueville, and Nietzsche’s reactions to the French Revolution. Before coming to UVA he was a visiting assistant professor at Bowdoin College, where he taught courses in classical, early modern, and late-modern political philosophy. A graduate of the Great Books program at St. John’s College in Annapolis, he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Boston College.

EVAN PIVONKA, (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is Special Assistant to the Honor Committee at the University of Virginia and an instructor in the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy.


SARA HENARY (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is assistant professor of political science at Missouri State University. She conducts research in the area of modern political thought, with a particular focus on early modern and American thought. She has essays published or forthcoming in The Review of Politics (Summer 2014) and in The Science of Modern Virtue (Eds. Lawler and Guerra, Northern Illinois University Press, 2013). Her current projects include a book manuscript entitled Nature and Convention in Locke’s Political Philosophy and an article devoted to the “politics” of Anthony Trollope’s “political” novels. In 2010-2011, Ms. Henary was the Olin-Lehrman Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University’s James Madison Program. A graduate of Rhodes College, she received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Virginia.

EVAN PIVONKA, (Ph.D., University of Virginia)

NICHOLAS STARR, (Ph.D., Boston College) is a tutor at St. John’s College – Santa Fe.


KEEGAN CALLANAN (Ph.D., Duke University) is assistant professor of political science at Middlebury College. His primary research is in modern political thought, and he is currently completing a book manuscript on the political philosophy of Montesquieu. He has published in journals such as History of Political Thought and Political Research Quarterly. A graduate of Bowdoin College, Mr. Callanan received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University.

JEREMIAH H. RUSSELL (Ph.D., Louisiana State University) is assistant professor of political science at Jacksonville State University.

MATTHEW SITMAN (Ph.D. Candidate, Georgetown University) is Literary Editor at The Daily Dish.


DANIEL DONESON (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is a Lecturer and Senior Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

MATTHEW SITMAN (Ph.D. Candidate, Georgetown University).

LYNN UZZELL (Ph.D., University of Dallas) is the Scholar-in-Residence at James Madison’s Montpelier.


JEREMY J. MHIRE (Ph.D., Louisiana State University) is associate professor of political science at Louisiana Tech University. Prior to Louisiana Tech, Mr. Mhire held post-doctoral fellowships in the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy (PCD) at the University of Virginia (2006-2008) and in the Program for Constitutional Government at Harvard University (2009-2010). His research interests include classical and modern political theory and politics and literature, and his work has appeared in such journals as Perspectives on Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, and American Political Thought. He is also co-editor of and contributor to The Political Theory of Aristophanes: Explorations in Poetic Wisdom, published by SUNY Press (2014).

CARL ERIC SCOTT (Ph.D., Fordham University) has taught at Hampden-Sydney College, Skidmore College, Washington and Lee University, and Christopher Newport University. He writes on politics, philosophy, film, and music for the blog Postmodern Conservative, and is currently working on a book about American conceptions of liberty. He is the co-editor of Totalitarianism on Screen: The Art and Politics of The Lives of Others (forthcoming 2014, University of Kentucky Press), and the author of chapters in two books: Democracy Reconsidered, and Lucid Mind, Intrepid Spirit: Essays on the Thought of Chantal Delsol.

DEREK A. WEBB (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame; J.D., Georgetown University) is Lecturer in Law and Constitutional Law Center Fellow at Stanford University.

BENJAMIN MITCHELL (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is assistant professor of American Politics at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

2006-2007 PCD Visiting Senior Fellow

JEFFREY SIKKENGA (Ph.D., University of Toronto) is associate professor of political science at Ashland University.