Jeffrey Sikkenga is Interim Executive Director of the Ashbrook Center, Professor of Political Science and co-director of the Ashbrook Scholar program at Ashland University. He has been at Ashland since 1997 and connected to the Ashbrook Center for 22 years, serving as an adjunct fellow of the Center, a member of the Faculty Committee of Ashbrook’s Master of Arts in American History and Government, and a faculty member for Ashbrook’s Teaching American History program.
He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in political thought, the American Founding, and American constitutional law. He is deeply interested in the relationship between politics and religion in liberal democracy and America in particular. He has published articles and reviews in journals such as Political Theory, History of Political Thought, Journal of Politics, 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 the natural right to freedom of religion in the political thought of John Locke and the American Founders, exploring the foundations and political implications of religious liberty as a human right.