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Kevin Burns

Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science

B.A., Politics, University of Dallas, 2012

M.A., Political Science, Baylor University, 2014

Ph.D., Political Science, Baylor University, 2017 (anticipated)

Kevin began the PhD program at Baylor in the fall of 2012. He received his B.A. in Politics from the University of Dallas, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with the Willmoore Kendall Award for best politics student.  He is currently completing his dissertation on William Howard Taft’s constitutional progressivism.  His research interests include Constitutional Law, the Presidency, Public Administration, and Judicial Administration.


 “A Constitutionalist’s Defense of Prerogative: Taft’s Our Chief Magistrate and His Powers.”  Presidential Studies Quarterly (forthcoming, 2017).

“The Fourth Amendment: Searches, Seizures, and Privacy.”  In Richard Battistoni, James Curry, Stephen Block, David Bridge, and Rebeca Flavin,Constitutional Government: The American Experience, 10th ed., 313-339.  Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Co., 2016. 

Review of Understanding Clarence Thomas: The Jurisprudence of Constitutional Restoration, by Ralph Rossum.  Perspectives on Political Science 40, no. 4 (2015): 260-261.

Courses Taught

PSC 3330 The American Presidency

PSC 3311 Moot Court (co-taught)

PSC 2302 American Constitutional Development

PSC 1305 American National Government

Teaching Apprenticeships

PSC 4322 Public Administration

PSC 2302 American Constitutional Development