Ph.D. Candidate in Political ScienceEducation:
B.A., Philosophy and Political Science, Ashland University, 2006
M.A. in Political Science, Baylor University, 2014
Debbie received her B.A. from Ashland University, where she participated in the Ashbrook Scholars Program and the Honors Program. Her honors thesis on the debate over religious liberty in revolutionary Virginia won the Charles E. Parton Outstanding Thesis Award. After graduating in 2006, she worked for The Federalist Society in Washington, D.C., assisting with educational initiatives on the role of the courts. She then joined the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation, where her research and writing focused on constitutional law and judicial nominations. While in D.C., she also interned with the Ethics and Public Policy Center and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. She has completed academic fellowships at the John Jay Institute and the Claremont Institute.
At Baylor, Debbie studies political philosophy, American constitutionalism, and politics and literature, focusing her research on religious freedom and freedom of association. She has received a dissertation fellowship from Georgetown University’s Religious Freedom Project for her work on the freedom of religious institutions.
Paper Presentation: “The Greatness of Humility: Kingly Virtue in Shakespeare’s Henry V” (revised), Midwestern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, April 2015.
Paper Presentation: “Beyond Personal Distaste: Justice Alito’s Principled Approach to First Amendment Freedom of Speech,” Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, January 2015.
Participant, The Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society, Krakow, Poland, July 2014.
Panelist, Colloquium on “Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America,” Alexander Hamilton Institute, Clinton, NY, June 2014.
Paper Presentation: “The Greatness of Humility: Kingly Virtue in Shakespeare’s Henry V,” Lone Star Conference for the Study of Political Thought, Nacogdoches, TX, March 2014.
Panelist, Colloquium on "The Western Natural Law Tradition" Alexander Hamilton Institute, Clinton, NY, June 2012.
Teacher of Record
PSC 2302: American Constitutional Development (Fall 2015-Spring 2016)
PSC 2302: American Constitutional Development (Spring 2014, Dr. David K. Nichols)
PSC 2302: American Constitutional Development – Honors (Fall 2012, Dr. Elizabeth Corey)
PSC 4313: Politics and Literature, American Novel (Spring 2015, Dr. Mary P. Nichols)
PSC 4381: American Constitutional Law (Spring 2013, Dr. Jerold Waltman)
PSC 3330: American Presidency (Fall 2011, Dr. Curt Nichols)