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Waggonner Center Staff

Dr. Jeremy J. Mhire, Director

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Jeremy J. Mhire is the Director of the Waggonner Center for Civic Engagement and Public Policy, and an Associate Professor of Political Science at Louisiana Tech University. Before coming to Tech, Jeremy was a post-doctoral fellow in the Program on Constitutional Government at the University of Virginia (2006-08). He was also a visiting fellow in the Center for American Political Studies and the Department of Government at Harvard University (2009-10). His research interests include political philosophy and theory, classical and modern republicanism, and the history of the concept of natural right(s). He also helps to coordinate the University’s Cyber-Discovery initiative, which includes the innovative, interdisciplinary AICS project.  

Dr. Robert Whitaker, Research Fellow

Robert Whitaker is a Waggonner Center Research Fellow and Assistant Professor of History at Louisiana Tech University. His project, "Policing Globalization: The Imperial Origins of International Police Cooperation, 1918-1960" studies the relationship between the British Empire and international police organizations, such as Interpol. Robert is the creator and presenter of History Respawned, a YouTube and podcast series that considers historical content in video games.

Dr. John Worsencroft, Research Fellow

John Worsencroft is a Waggoner Center Research Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of history at Louisiana Tech University. He received his Ph.D. in American history from Temple University. His dissertation, "A Family Affair: Military Service in the Postwar Era," is a history of family policies in the Army and the Marine Corps, and how gender shapes rights, obligations, and citizenship in America. Before pursuing graduate studies, he was a U.S. Marine and fought in Iraq in 2003.

Dorene Dell Kordal, Administrative Assistant

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