Where Are They Now?
Please visit our list of alums and their outstanding contributions to the community. Alumni may send us information for inclusion (or updating) on the alumni information form on this page.
Mary Mathie, Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, May 2014
Mary Mathie received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Baylor in May 2014. Her dissertation, which received the 2014 Baylor Award for Outstanding Dissertation in the Humanities, was titled “Thomas Aquinas on Justice, Judgment, and the Unity of Peace.” This dissertation described a political teaching in Aquinas’s work that goes beyond his understanding of the human and natural law, arguing that Aquinas is concerned to show that law is only properly understood as part of a regime. My dissertation explored Aquinas’s teaching on law, just war, punishment, and their place in Aquinas’s political thought, ultimately pointing to his argument for a republican regime.
In her time at Baylor University, Mary taught Introduction to Western Political Thought, Public Policy and the Courts, and many sections of American Constitutional Development; and assisted in teaching Ancient and Medieval Political Philosophy and the American Presidency. In 2012 she taught for a semester at the College of the Holy Cross, covering Introduction to Political Philosophy and American Political Thought from the Civil War through the Present. She also earned the Stormie Schott Award and was selected for a special seminar in Religion and Culture with the Distinguished Scholars of the University.
Mary Mathie is currently serving as a term Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, teaching courses including Constitutional Law, Introduction to American Government, and Comparative Northern Politics.
Adam Carrington, Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, May 2014
Adam Carrington received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Baylor in May of 2014. His dissertation was on the jurisprudence of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Field, titled “Liberty in Full: Justice Stephen Field’s Cooperative Constitution of Liberty.” In it, Carrington examined Justice Field’s view of liberty. Field understood liberty as involving protection of individual rights both through government regulation and by restrictions on such regulation. Therefore the Constitution’s various provisions empowering and restraining government cooperated in pursuit of such liberty. To show this cooperation, Carrington examined Field’s opinions in areas such as police power, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Commerce Clause.
While at Baylor, Adam taught two sections of American Constitutional Development. He also received the Stormie Schott Award and the Richard D. Huff distinguished doctoral student in political science award.
Adam is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Politics at Hillsdale College. There he teaches Constitutional Law, American Political Thought, as well as other courses in American political institutions.
Christopher J. Bissex, Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, May 2014
Chris Bissex received his Ph.D. in political science from Baylor in May 2014. His dissertation, "Institutionalizing Class Conflict: Gouverneur Morris on Mediating Class Warfare through Separation of Powers" argued that some of the most unique aspects of American constitutionalism can be traced to the political thought of the author of the Constitution, Gouverneur Morris. Bissex argues that Morris's theory of socioeconomic class conflict led him to believe that the national legislature as proposed by the "Great Compromise" would be captured by the special interests of the wealthy. To combat this, Morris used his influential position at the Convention to create distinct features of the American presidency, including the Electoral College.
During his time at Baylor, Bissex served as President of the Graduate Student Association, and served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students. He was awarded the 2014 Stormie Schott Outstanding Graduate Student Award.
Bissex is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. He teaches on political philosophy and American political thought.
Steve Block, Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, May 2012Steve Block received his PhD from Baylor in May 2012. His doctoral dissertation, “Rhetoric, Reason, and the Problem of Rule: Aristotle and JS Mill on Speech and Politics,” explored the relationship between public discourse, law, and self-rule in the liberal and Aristotelian political traditions. He is currently working his dissertation work into a book-length manuscript, which will be completed by the summer of 2015. In addition, to his interest in Aristotle and Mill, Block has written extensively on the thought of Thomas Hobbes, James Wilson’s natural law doctrine, and American constitutionalism.
Block is a lecturer of political science at Baylor University, where he has taught and teaches courses on American Constitutional Development, public policy and the courts, and Western political thought. He is currently the advisor and coach for Baylor's undergraduate moot court team.
Mark Scully, Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, May 2014Mark Scully received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Baylor in May 2014. His dissertation was on presidential rhetoric as a means of organizing partisan support throughout the 20th century; it is entitled “The Path to Party Unity: Popular Presidential Leadership and Principled Consensus.” In it, Scully explained how presidential rhetoric has been instrumental for those unique moments when parties achieve partisan unity and long lasting electoral success. Scully focuses on the common rhetorical approaches of Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan as examples of success. Additionally, he describes variations in presidential rhetoric that work against party cohesion.
At Baylor, Scully taught three sections of American Constitutional Development and one section of the American Presidency. He received the Richard D. Huff distinguished doctoral student in political science award. He also worked for the Baylor Graduate School as a community coordinator for Baylor’s Graduate Student Housing Community.
Scully is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas. His courses include American National Government, Public Policy, and International Relations. His research interests include the American Presidency, Political Parties, and Constitutional law.
Matthew Brogdon, Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, May 2011Matthew Brogdon earned his Ph.D. in political science from Baylor in 2011. His dissertation, “Constitutional Origins of the Federal Judiciary,” takes a fresh look at the text of Article III and its creation in the Federal Convention of 1787, finding there a robust conception of an independent and autonomous judicial institution. Bringing these insights to bear on the institutional development of the federal judiciary, he argues that the institutional contours of the modern judiciary are strikingly consonant with the rationale of Article III, a thesis he is presently extending for a book manuscript tentatively titled Constitutional Foundations of the Modern Judiciary. He is also at work on several articles: one examining the Anti-Federalist contribution to the growth of federal judicial power, another exploring the impact of Article III on the deliberations of the First Congress, and a third vindicating the modern Supreme Court’s control over its own docket through the certiorari process on constitutional grounds. While at Baylor, he held the R.W. Morrison Fellowship for the Study of the Constitution in 2007-08 and was named Richard D. Huff Distinguished Graduate Student in 2009. His publications include “Defending the Union: Andrew Jackson’s Nullification Proclamation and American Federalism” in The Review of Politics.
Since 2013, Brogdon has been an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he teaches graduate seminars on public law and courts as well as undergraduate courses on constitutional law and civil liberties, law and society, federal courts, jurisprudence, American political thought, and African American political thought. Prior to coming to UTSA, he also taught courses on slavery in American political development, public policy and the courts, modern political philosophy, and the presidency. He grew up in the Florida panhandle and holds M.A. and B.A. degrees in political science from the University of West Florida. He and his wife, Charree, live in San Antonio with their two children, Judah and Magdalene.