Past Alumni Spotlights
Thomas R. Pope, Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, May 2011Thomas Pope's dissertation, Balancing Liberty of Contract with Police Power: A Hobbesian Approach, explores the apparent tension in American jurisprudence between the freedom of individual citizens and the responsibility of the state to provide for a more general welfare. In it, he argues that the Court has failed to provide a rationale that is able to comprehend both of these basic needs of liberal society. As a corrective, he looks back to our Constitution's roots in Social Contract Theory, finding a reconciliation in Thomas Hobbes that views individual freedom and the public good as interdependent rather than antagonistic.
Pope's research interests include classical and American liberalism, early modern political philosophy, and American constitutional law (esp. early 20th century federalism and substantive due process). Pope's Social Contract Theory in American Jurisprudence: Too Much Liberty or Too Little Authority? was published by Routledge in 2013.
Since 2010, Pope has been serving as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Lee University, where he teaches Political Theory and Constitutional Law.
Jerome Foss, Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, May 2011Jerome Foss's dissertation, John Rawls and the Supreme Court: A Study in Continuity and Change, examined the implications of John Rawls's thought for the judicial branch based upon Rawls's advocacy of judicial review and his statements about the Court's use of public reason. Foss argued that what Rawls offers is a rhetorical strategy meant to assure the realization of his version of liberal constitutionalism. The dissertation was successfully defended in the Spring of 2011.
Foss's work at Baylor earned him several recognitions, including the 2011 Outstanding Ph.D. Student in Political Science, the Morrison Fellowship in 2010, the Stormie Schott Award in 2009, and the Richard D. Huff Distinguished Master's Student in Political Science 2008. He was also invited to present his research on Francisco Suarez before the Graduate Student Association in 2009 and was a recipient of the ISI Weaver Fellowship in 2007. Foss's publications include "Francisco Suarez's, John Locke, and the Case for Toleration," in Perspectives on Political Science; review of Why Political Liberalism: On John Rawls's Political Turn by Paul Weithman for American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly; "Economics and Political Thought," CQ Press Encyclopedia of Modern Political Thought. He also served as the Guest Editor in 2012 of an issue of Listening on "Approaches to Jurisprudence from a Catholic Perspective."
After graduating from Baylor in 2011, Foss joined Saint Vincent College as Assistant Professor in Political Science. His teaching interests include American Politics and Policy, Institutions, Political Philosophy, and American Political Thought. He is currently Fellow of Political Institutions and Policy in the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government at Saint Vincent and resides in Latrobe, PN, with his wife Karen and their four young boys.
Patrick Cain, Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, May 2010Patrick Cain defended his dissertation, Family, Rights, and Community: Aristotle and John Locke on the Family and Political Life, in the spring of 2010 and received his PhD in May. His dissertation contrasts Locke's emphasis on the contractual basis of the family and civil society with Aristotle's more comprehensive view of family relationships and obligations, and their connection with the formation and practice of political life.
Cain's research interests range from the Greeks, especially Aristotle and the relation between the family and the political community, the role of rights in the American regime, and Shakespeare as a political thinker.
In 2008, Cain was awarded the Richard D. Huff Distinguished PhD Student in Political Science at Baylor University.
Cain's recent publications include "Technology and Freedom: Pope Benedict XVI on Faith, Reason, and Politics" in 2012 in Perspectives on Political Science, and "Aristotle's Nod to Homer: A Political Science of Indebtedness" coauthored with Mary P. Nichols, in Socrates and Dionysus, edited by Ann Ward in 2013.
After teaching for a year at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina (2010-11), Cain is now Assistant Professor of Political Science at Lakehead University, in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where he teaches courses in political theory.
Amy Edmonds, Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, May 2010Amy Edmonds defended her dissertation, Autonomy and Church Opposition to Authoritarianism in Latin America, in the spring of 2010 and received her PhD in May. Her dissertation examines the relationship between the Catholic Church and the military regimes in Latin America in the latter half of the twentieth century. She argues that church opposition to authoritarianism is best explained by the historical institutional arrangements between church and state. She examines the cases of Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay examined through a historical institutionalist lens, and findings indicate that both institutional autonomy and structural carriers are necessary for opposition to authoritarianism to occur.
Edmonds's primary research interests are Latin American politics, the interaction of religion and politics, nonviolent action, and democratization. Her teaching interests include the politics of developing countries, American foreign policy, and American government.
In 2006, Edmonds was awarded the Stormie Schott Outstanding Graduate Student in Political Science Award. Edmonds also served as the graduate and research assistant for the Baylor in Maastricht Study Abroad Program in the spring of 2007, and interned at the United States Senate in the summer of 2003. She also held a Dawson Fellowship in the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies at Baylor, and served as the faculty sponsor for Baylor's Model United Nation's team.
David Ramsey, Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, May 2010David Ramsey defended his dissertation, The Role of the Supreme Court in Antitrust Enforcement, in the spring of 2010, and received his PhD in May. His recent papers include: Can Courts Regulate the Economy? A Critique of the Chicago School of Antitrust Analysis and Leegin v. PSKS, the Rule of Reason and the Roberts Court.
In addition to American politics, constitutional law, and political theory, Ramsey also works in politics, literature, and film. He has published several articles on Flannery O'Connor. Ramsey's Antitrust and the Supreme Court was published in 2012 as part of the Law and Society Series of LFB Publishing.
At Baylor, Ramsey held the department's first Presidential Scholarship, and was a two-time recipient of the Earhart Fellowship. Ramsey also has worked with the Graduate School to develop a series of short, discussion-based seminars on course design and pedagogy. He now holds the position of Assistant Professor in the political science department at University of West Florida in Pensacola.
Andrew Hogue, Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, December 2009
Andrew Hogue defended his dissertation on 1980: Reagan, Carter, and the Politics of Religion in America,
in the fall of 2009 and received his PhD in December. Bringing together
his interests in the presidency, religion and politics, and political
rhetoric, Andy's dissertation focuses on the 1980 presidential election,
arguing that election marked a significant development in American
politics - specifically that it ushered in a new era of religious
politics for the country.
Hogue is the co-editor of Landmark Speeches on the Cold War, 1945-1991 (forthcoming, Texas A&M University Press); the author of, "The Advent of Spring at the End of the Cold War: George Bush's Rhetorical 'Vision' at Mainz, Germany," in Voices of Democracy 3 (2008): 205-221; "Richard Land and the American Presidency, 1988-2004," in Texas Baptist History (2006).
At Baylor, Hogue served as a Dawson Fellow at the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies. Prior to this, he earned a BA from Clemson University and an MA in Church-State Studies from Baylor. He received the Stormie Schott Outstanding Graduate Student in Political Science at Baylor in May of 2009. Hogue's Stumping God: Reagan, Carder, and the Invention of a Political Faith was published in 2012 by Baylor University Press as part of the series in the Studies in Rhetoric & Religion series.
Hogue held a tenure-track position in American politics at Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington from 2009-2011 and is currently a full-time faculty member at Baylor University.
Eva Silkwood, Masters of International Relations, 2009
Silkwood is now working as a Research Assistant at the Institute for
National Strategic Studies (INSS) at National Defense University in
Washington, D.C. Within INSS (the official "think-tank" for the
Department of Defense), she researches U.S.-Latin American defense
policy and Inter-American security issues, as well as organizes
conferences, seminars, and workshops on related topics. In February
2010, Eva will also be taking the Oral Assessment in anticipation of
becoming a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department.
In 2009, the Political Science Department honored Silkwood with the award for the outstanding student in the MAIR program.
Angela Funai, Master's of Public Policy and Administration, August 2008
Funai currently serves as the Director of Foundation and Corporate
Development at Baylor. She teaches professional development workshops
on proposal writing and leads guest lectures on Community & Politics in Cyberspace.
She has more than ten years of professional experience in the nonprofit
sector and higher education, specifically, grantwriting and grants
Funai also holds a BA in Communication from Stephen F. Austin State University. During her graduate studies at Baylor, she presented a paper entitled, Boomer Benefactors - An Investigation of How Charitable Tax Policy Affects the Giving Generation, at the Graduate Student Association's Interdisciplinary Scholarship Forum in 2007. She is a member of the American Political Science Association and a charter member of the Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers.
Daniella Romero, Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, May 2010
Daniella Romero, a 2010 Magna Cum Laude graduate and International Studies major, has been selected to represent the Rotary’s 5890 District and the United States as an Ambassador of Goodwill for the 2011-2012 school year in Geneva, Switzerland. The Rotary scholarship provides her with $30, 000 to pursue her education with a Masters in International Affairs in Geneva. As a Rotary Foundation Scholar and Ambassador Daniella will attend meetings and give presentations throughout Switzerland and Europe. The scholarship requires her to focus on an individual project, and Daniella plans to work with students in local schools focusing on peace and conflict prevention and resolution. As she states in an email to Dr. Linda Adams, “I believe that by providing youth with the tools to be informed internationally and the skills to be fair, strong leaders, future conflicts can be avoided and our world will be in good hands.”
While at Baylor, Daniella minored in French, Spanish, and Public Relations. An Honors College student in the BIC program, she was a member of Phi Delta Pi French Honor Society and Phi Delta Kappa. Daniella says that her participation in the Model Organization of American States furthered her interest in international relations, and she is convinced that it will help her with her Rotary project.
Daniella’s long-term goal is to work in the US Foreign Service and rise to the rank of ambassador. As Dr. Adams notes, “Daniella Romero one day will be an ambassador for the United States and once again, Baylor University will have helped to educate another world leader.”
Jessie Kuykendall, Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, May 2010Jessie Kuykendall came to Baylor from Tulsa, Oklahoma, as a National Merit Scholar. During her four years as an undergraduate, she spent a summer working at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. as part of the Washington Internship for Native Students program, a semester studying abroad in Madrid, Spain, and her senior year as president of her sorority. As a student in the Honors Program, Jessie wrote a thesis examining the United States use of soft power in the Middle East. With the assistance of her thesis director, Dr. Bradley Thayer, she successfully defended her research and received a grade of outstanding. She graduated in May 2010 Summa Cum Laude with her BA in International Studies and minors in Spanish and History. She is also a graduate of the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core program, winner of the Richard D. Huff Distinguished Student in International Studies award, and an Honors student with distinction. She will begin graduate school in fall 2010 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. pursuing a MA in Global Communication. This program focuses on the study of the global information environment and its implications for governance, security, and business.
Jessie is also entering graduate school as a Pickering Fellow. The Thomas Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and awarded to twenty individuals nationwide. The award portion of the fellowship includes financial support of up to $50,000 annually towards tuition and mandatory fees, a living stipend, and reimbursement for books. The program includes two internships with the State Department, one domestic and one international, during the summer. Most importantly, after graduation and passing the necessary interviews, Pickering Fellows are commissioned as Junior Officers in the United States Foreign Service and will be posted as diplomatic representatives of the United States all over the world.
Melissa Yeakley, Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, May 2010
Yeakley lives in Hurst, Texas and graduated from Birdville High School
in 2006 and Baylor University in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in
International Studies (the intensive track) with a concentration in
Chinese. She studied Chinese for three years at Baylor under Dr. Xin
Wang, Dr. Vincent Yang, and a visiting professor from Tsinghua
University in Beijing. She participated in the Baylor in China Study
Abroad program in the summer of 2008, and the Critical Language
Scholarship Program through the State Department in 2009 in Suzhou
China. In June, she will travel to China for the CLS Program in Beijing.
During her last semester at Baylor, she attended the Waco Chinese
Church and taught English as a Second Language to visiting Chinese
professors at Baylor.
While in China from June to August, she will study at the Beijing Language and Culture University and will live with a host family. She hopes to narrow her career goals upon returning from China in August. One option is to stay in China and teach English for a year. Another option she is considering is to return to the United States to seek an internship with the State Department, National Security Agency, or Defense Department. She is also interested in pursuing a Masters in International Relations and possibly joining the Foreign Service.
Ashley Killough, Bachelor of Arts in International Studies & Journalism, May 2009Ashley Killough is a student at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. With a bachelor's degree in international studies and journalism, Ashley graduated in 2009 from Baylor University, where she worked as a reporter and columnist for the student newspaper, The Baylor Lariat. Most recently, she completed a 10-month stay in Armenia as a Fulbright fellow, studying Russian and conducting research on new and social media. Ashley also spent two summers in Washington, D.C., reporting for The Chronicle of Higher Education and writing radio editorials for Voice of America. In addition, her work has been published by Eurasia Daily Monitor, Wacoan Magazine, PanArmenian.net, Ianyan Magazine, and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting.
Seth Reed, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and in Economics, May 2009Seth Reed currently is teaching at Rajinibon (the queen's school in Bangkok, Thailand), a private girls' school whose students primarily are daughters of military officers' families. Seth teaches English as a Foreign Language to ten classes at the fifth and sixth grade levels. Throughout this experience, Seth has had the opportunity to travel to Malaysia, Cambodia, and Northern Thailand. By teaching in another country, Seth has had unique opportunities to apply his knowledge developed in International Studies courses in adapting to the Thai culture and in comprehending the current political issues in Thailand.
Seth graduated from Baylor University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and in Political Science. During his undergraduate education, he was a Head Delegate and President of the Washington Model OAS Conference in 2009, and he won the Outstanding Delegate Award in San Antonio in 2008. He was also an Assistant Head Delegate with the Model UN team, and won the Outstanding Delegate Award for the MUN Conference in Chicago in 2008.
Jamie Gianoutsos Jordan, BA Political Science and Great Texts, May 2006
Jamie Gianoutsos Jordan (BA, May 2006, with majors in Political Science
and Great Texts) is now studying for her doctorate in history at Johns
Hopkins University in Baltimore. Her primary interests lie in British
intellectual history, 1500-1800.
When a senior at Baylor, Jordan was awarded the prestigious Marshall Scholarship, which funds graduate work in the United Kingdom. As a Marshall Scholar, she received a Master's degree in English from Queen's University Belfast, and then another master's in history from Cambridge. Jordan's undergraduate work at Baylor gave her a solid foundation for her graduate studies. Jordan co-authored an encyclopedia article with Professor Sarah-Jane Murray on "Love and Culture in the Medieval World," and wrote an honor's thesis on John Locke, under the direction of Political Professor Dwight Allman. As an undergraduate, Jordan also published two articles in The Pulse, a honors college journal devoted to undergraduate research.