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Tony Williams

Tony Williams is the Program Director of the Washington, Jefferson & Madison Institute. He attended Syracuse University where he earned a B.A. in history and Ohio State University where he earned an M.A. in American history.  He has written four books on colonial and Revolutionary America: The Jamestown Experiment (2011), America’s Beginnings (2010), The Pox and the Covenant (2010) and Hurricane of Independence (2008). He has taught history for fifteen years. He lives with his wife and children in Williamsburg, Virginia.


J. David Gowdy 2014

J. David Gowdy

J. David Gowdy is the Founder and President of the Washington, Jefferson & Madison Institute. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Kansas State University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and received his Juris Doctorate degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, graduating Cum Laude. He is a member of the Texas and California Bar Associations. He has practiced law with both large and small law firms and has been the co-founder of several businesses. He is the author of “Thomas Jefferson & James Madison’s Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Constitution” and “Seven Principles of Liberty.” Mr. Gowdy serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for American Studies at Christopher Newport University. He lives with his wife in Charlottesville, Virginia.




Steven P. Brown

Steve Brown received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and has taught at Auburn since 1998. He teaches several courses in American Constitutional Law as well as Religion and Politics, Law and Society, and Introduction to site. His research interests focus primarily on church and state issues and American legal history. In 2005, his book, Trumping Religion: The New Christian Right, The Free Speech Clause and the Courts received the National Communication Association's Franklyn S. Haiman Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Freedom of Expression. In 2006, he received the National Faculty of the Year Award from the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Martha Holt

Martha Holt graduated from Hollins University with a B.A. in American Studies. She is currently employed as a Social Studies Teacher at Fluvanna County High School, with 17 years teaching experience. She has teaching endorsements in History, Social Studies, Special Education- Emotional Disorders/Specific Learning Disabilities. Graduate Courses taken:  U.S. Foreign Policy, Public Law & Administration, The Principalship (NAESP), School and Community Relations. She has served on these committees:  Effective Schools Correlate- 6 years; State Standards of Quality - 4 times. Honors:  2012 Superintendent's Award-Outstanding Faculty Member.

Stephen F. Knott

Stephen Knott is a Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College. He served as co-chair of the University of Virginia's Presidential Oral History Program and directed the Ronald Reagan Oral History Project. Professor Knott received his PhD in Political Science from Boston College, and has taught at the United States Air Force Academy and the University of Virginia. He is the author of several books, including Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth, The Reagan Years, and Rush to Judgment: George W. Bush, the War on Terror, and His Critics. He is a frequent contributor to such publications as the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Claremont Review of Books, and the LibertyLaw Blog. He was recently named one of the Powerline Top 100 Professors in America and lectures across the country.

Jeffry H. Morrison

Dr. Jeffry Morrison is Associate Professor of Government at Regent University in Virginia Beach, and Academic Director of the federal government’s James Madison Foundation in Alexandria, Virginia (  He graduated with distinction from Boston College and from Georgetown University, where he received his Ph.D.  He has also taught at Princeton University, at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and at Georgetown University.  He is co-editor or author of four books on early American constitutionalism, including The Political Philosophy of George Washington (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), and numerous chapters, articles, and reviews in scholarly publications such as American Political Thought, Journal of American History, and Virginia Magazine of History and Biography.  His chapter on the political friendship of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison appeared in A Companion to James Madison and James Monroe (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), part of the Blackwell Companions to American History series.  He has lectured at historic sites and colleges throughout the United States, served as an academic consultant for two major television broadcasts for the BBC (2009) and PBS (2010), and appeared in a third documentary for the BBC (2012).

Garrett W. Sheldon

Garrett Sheldon is the John Morton Beaty Professor of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. He received his PhD from Rutgers and was awarded the Outstanding Faculty in Virginia Award in 1992. He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford; the University of Vienna, Austria; and Trinity College, Dublin. He is the author of The Political Philosophy of Thomas Jefferson (John Hopkins University Press, 1991), The Political Philosophy of James Madison (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001) and The History of Political Theory: Ancient Greece to Modern America (New York and Berne: Peter Lang Publishing, American University Studies, 1988, 1991, 1993, 2003).

Bruce A. Khula

Bruce Khula obtained his Ph.D. in History from The Ohio State University in 1999, where he studied the history of American Foreign Relations and U.S. history generally. Mr. Khula obtained his J.D. from the Notre Dame Law School in 2003, clerked for Judge Paul Niemeyer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, served as an appellate litigator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio, and currently practices commercial litigation in Cleveland. He is an author of articles and a lecturer on the American Founding.

Kenneth K. Gowdy

Kenneth Gowdy received a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and has 40 years of experience as a faculty member and administrator at Kansas State University and Texas A&M University, retiring in 1997 from KSU as Associate Dean of Engineering. Prior to his career in engineering education, he served two years in the U.S. Air Force and had brief periods of professional experience with Boeing, General Electric, Pratt & Whitney, and Continental Pipeline. He has served on a wide variety of professional, public and non-profit committees and boards at local, regional and national levels, and in 1996 was recognized with the Fellow Grade Award in the American Society for Engineering Education. He has served on the WJMI Board since 2004.

Tony Williams and J. David Gowdy also serve on the Board.