Meador Center Experts and Speakers

The L.E. Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship is dedicated to promoting civic engagement and informed political analysis in our communities.   Members of the Center’s Board of Advisors are available for media commentary, expert analysis, and high school class visits/guest lectures. For media commentary and analysis, please contact the experts directly or through Mike Brothers. For high school class visits and guest lectures, please contact the experts directly or through Dr. Dan Ponder, Director of the Meador Center.




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Dr. Leinaweaver teaches courses on environmental politics (U.S. and global), international organizations / law and political violence.

Dr. Leinaweaver's research focuses primarily on the use of policy to solve environmental problems at both the domestic and international levels. While the policy rules created at each level differ dramatically in form and function, the dynamics that produce those rules share many similarities and are clearly linked. His other research interests include quantitative methods, technology issues, political economy and the use of experimental methods.

Dr. Leinaweaver teaches courses on environmental politics (U.S. and global), international organizations / law and political violence.

Dr. Leinaweaver's research focuses primarily on the use of policy to solve environmental problems at both the domestic and international levels. While the policy rules created at each level differ dramatically in form and function, the dynamics that produce those rules share many similarities and are clearly linked. His other research interests include quantitative methods, technology issues, political economy and the use of experimental methods.

Dr. Leinaweaver teaches courses on environmental politics (U.S. and global), international organizations / law and political violence.

Dr. Leinaweaver's research focuses primarily on the use of policy to solve environmental problems at both the domestic and international levels. While the policy rules created at each level differ dramatically in form and function, the dynamics that produce those rules share many similarities and are clearly linked. His other research interests include quantitative methods, technology issues, political economy and the use of experimental methods.

Dr. Long holds a doctoral degree in justice studies and a master's degree in criminal justice. She teaches a number of classes for her department, including alternative dispute resolution, capital punishment/the death penalty, the correctional system, introduction to criminology, judicial process, and research methods. Dr. Long has also served as our department's internship faculty mentor, and she has extensive non-classroom contacts with students through her service as sponsor of two student groups.

Dr. Long holds a doctoral degree in justice studies and a master's degree in criminal justice. She teaches a number of classes for her department, including alternative dispute resolution, capital punishment/the death penalty, the correctional system, introduction to criminology, judicial process, and research methods. Dr. Long has also served as our department's internship faculty mentor, and she has extensive non-classroom contacts with students through her service as sponsor of two student groups.

Dr. Long holds a doctoral degree in justice studies and a master's degree in criminal justice. She teaches a number of classes for her department, including alternative dispute resolution, capital punishment/the death penalty, the correctional system, introduction to criminology, judicial process, and research methods. Dr. Long has also served as our department's internship faculty mentor, and she has extensive non-classroom contacts with students through her service as sponsor of two student groups.

Dr. Paddock teaches courses on North American and Western European politics, with an emphasis on political culture, political behavior, and culture in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Paddock has published and presented her research in journals and professional associations in the Southwest and West. Dr. Paddock also coordinates the postgraduate scholarship program for Drury University.

Dr. Paddock teaches courses on North American and Western European politics, with an emphasis on political culture, political behavior, and culture in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Paddock has published and presented her research in journals and professional associations in the Southwest and West. Dr. Paddock also coordinates the postgraduate scholarship program for Drury University.

Dr. Paddock teaches courses on North American and Western European politics, with an emphasis on political culture, political behavior, and culture in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Paddock has published and presented her research in journals and professional associations in the Southwest and West. Dr. Paddock also coordinates the postgraduate scholarship program for Drury University.

Dr. Ponder is the L.E. Meador Professor of Political Science and Director of the Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship. He teaches courses on American politics, the American Presidency, Congress, the Supreme Court Constitutional Law, Popular Culture and Politics, and statistical methods for political science, and serves as a CORE professor. He also serves as Pre-Law advisor, and is the director of Drury’s Washington Center Program.

He is a frequent commentator on American and Missouri politics for both local and national media outlets, including NPR-Morning Edition, the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, CBS Radio (New York and Los Angeles), and has written several op-eds for the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Dr. Ponder is the L.E. Meador Professor of Political Science and Director of the Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship. He teaches courses on American politics, the American Presidency, Congress, the Supreme Court Constitutional Law, Popular Culture and Politics, and statistical methods for political science, and serves as a CORE professor. He also serves as Pre-Law advisor, and is the director of Drury’s Washington Center Program.

He is a frequent commentator on American and Missouri politics for both local and national media outlets, including NPR-Morning Edition, the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, CBS Radio (New York and Los Angeles), and has written several op-eds for the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Dr. Ponder is the L.E. Meador Professor of Political Science and Director of the Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship. He teaches courses on American politics, the American Presidency, Congress, the Supreme Court Constitutional Law, Popular Culture and Politics, and statistical methods for political science, and serves as a CORE professor. He also serves as Pre-Law advisor, and is the director of Drury’s Washington Center Program.

He is a frequent commentator on American and Missouri politics for both local and national media outlets, including NPR-Morning Edition, the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, CBS Radio (New York and Los Angeles), and has written several op-eds for the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Dr. Ponder is the L.E. Meador Professor of Political Science and Director of the Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship. He teaches courses on American politics, the American Presidency, Congress, the Supreme Court Constitutional Law, Popular Culture and Politics, and statistical methods for political science, and serves as a CORE professor. He also serves as Pre-Law advisor, and is the director of Drury’s Washington Center Program.

He is a frequent commentator on American and Missouri politics for both local and national media outlets, including NPR-Morning Edition, the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, CBS Radio (New York and Los Angeles), and has written several op-eds for the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Dr. VanDenBerg teaches courses in international relations, foreign policy, and Middle East politics. He is the Director of the Middle East Studies program and coordinator of the Model United Nations program.

Dr. VanDenBerg's research interests focus on Arab politics and international relations in the Middle East. As a USIA/NMERTP Fellow, he conducted research in Jordan that included personal interviews with Jordan's prime ministers, cabinet members, parliamentarians, and other government officials.

Dr. VanDenBerg teaches courses in international relations, foreign policy, and Middle East politics. He is the Director of the Middle East Studies program and coordinator of the Model United Nations program.

Dr. VanDenBerg's research interests focus on Arab politics and international relations in the Middle East. As a USIA/NMERTP Fellow, he conducted research in Jordan that included personal interviews with Jordan's prime ministers, cabinet members, parliamentarians, and other government officials.

Dr. VanDenBerg teaches courses in international relations, foreign policy, and Middle East politics. He is the Director of the Middle East Studies program and coordinator of the Model United Nations program.

Dr. VanDenBerg's research interests focus on Arab politics and international relations in the Middle East. As a USIA/NMERTP Fellow, he conducted research in Jordan that included personal interviews with Jordan's prime ministers, cabinet members, parliamentarians, and other government officials.

Areas of Interest: Contemporary Continental Philosophy, Political Philosophy, and Ethics.

Areas of Interest: Contemporary Continental Philosophy, Political Philosophy, and Ethics.

Areas of Interest: Contemporary Continental Philosophy, Political Philosophy, and Ethics.