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Jeffrey Sikkenga

Spring 2018 William E. Simon Distinguished Visiting Professor
School of Public Policy


Jeffrey Sikkenga is professor of political science and co-director of the Ashbrook Scholar Program at Ashland University, adjunct fellow of the John M. Ashbrook Center and senior fellow in the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy at the University of Virginia. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in political thought, the American Founding and American constitutional law. In Fall 2017 Sikkenga served as a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

He has published pieces in newspapers like USA Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the The Orlando Sentinel as well as articles and reviews in journals such as American Journal of Political Science, Perspectives on Politics, Political Theory, History of Political Thought, Journal of Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Journal of Markets and Morality, and Religion and Liberty. He co-edited History of American Political Thought (Lexington Press, 2003), edited Transforming American Welfare (1999) and co-wrote The Free Person and the Free Economy (2002). He is currently working on a book on John Locke's A Letter Concerning Toleration and publishing a revised second edition of History of American Political Thought, for which he has written a chapter on Barack Obama's political thought.


  • PhD, University of Toronto
  • MA, University of Toronto
  • BA, University of Virginia


  • American Founding
  • Constitutional Law
  • Political Thought