Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy

The Kinder Foundation endowed The University of Missouri with a $25 million gift to fund 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.

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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