Ph.D Candidate in Political ScienceEducation:
B.A., Politics, Ave Maria University, 2009
After graduating summa cum laude from Ave Maria University, Miriel Thomas interned for the American Studies Center at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, assisting with the Center's summer institute at Princeton University. She spent the next year as a Fellow with the John Jay Institute for Faith, Society, and Law, studying natural law and the American founding and working at a public interest law firm on a Supreme Court free exercise case. After her John Jay fellowship, Miriel interned for the Senate Republican Policy Committee and then worked for a year as a research assistant in the constitutional studies department at the American Enterprise Institute.
At Baylor, Miriel will assist President Starr's office with research and speechwriting. Miriel's academic work focuses on the theory and practice of American politics. She is particularly interested in constitutional interpretation and the cultural implications of changes in American constitutional law.
"The Determinants of Presidential Veto Overrides," co-authored with Professor Dave Bridge, at the New England Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Bridgeport, New Hampshire, April 2012
"Equity in its Proper Place: The Nature and Contours of the Federal Equity Power" at the Fourth Annual Texas Political Science Graduate Student Conference, Houston, Texas, March 2012