This interdisciplinary, signature academic center is dedicated to excellence in research, teaching, and community engagement on the subjects of American political thought, history, and institutions, with a particular emphasis on the ideas and events of the American Founding and their continued global impact and relevance today.
In November 2019, the Kinder Foundation gave the University of Missouri an additional $10 million gift to support new degree opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy and the College of Arts and Science. The gift supports two new degrees at MU: a bachelor of arts in constitutional democracy and a master of arts in Atlantic history and politics. The gift also will support a living and learning community for first-year students pursuing the bachelor’s degree, as well as study abroad opportunities with University of Oxford’s Corpus Christi College.
In November 2022, the Kinder Foundation gifted $25 million to the University of Missouri to increase educational opportunities within the Kinder Institute, bringing the total philanthropy to the institute by Rich and Nancy Kinder and the foundation to $60 million. The new gift will expand faculty and popular program offerings, such as the Washington D.C. summer academic internship program from 20 to 40 undergraduate students, and grow the undergraduate study abroad program at Oxford University in England from a one-week pilot over spring break to a summer term offering.
The Institute is under the leadership of Director Jay Sexton and is housed under the Office of the Provost in collaboration with the department of history and Truman School of government and public affairs in the MU college of arts and science.democracy.missouri.edu