Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy

The Kinder Foundation endowed The University of Missouri with a $25 million gift to establish the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy in October 2015.

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 the Kinder Institute Residential College, designated for students pursuing the new bachelor’s degree, as well as study abroad opportunities with University of Oxford’s Corpus Christi College.

The Institute is under the leadership of Director Justin Dyer, associate professor of Political Science, and Associate Director Jeffrey L. Pasley, professor of History and Journalism, and is housed in the MU departments of history and political science in the MU College of Arts and Science.

“Future generations should have the opportunity to study and understand the history and importance of how our country and government system was created. I am confident this gift will create a world-class Institute.”

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