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Aaron Kushner

Postdoctoral Scholar
Post Doctoral Scholars, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0602

After growing up in New Castle, Pennsylvania, Aaron Kushner attended Saint Vincent College, graduating in 2013 with a major in politics, and earned his doctorate in political science at the University of Missouri in 2019.

Kushner's teaching and research interests include constitutional development & constitutional law, indigenous political thought, Cherokee constitutionalism & history, American political thought & development, religion & politics, and the politics of film. Before joining the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership (SCETL), he taught courses at Northern Illinois University and Elgin Community College.

His role within SCETL is Assistant Director of the Living Repository of the Arizona Constitution initiative.

His current book project is entitled Ruling or Being Ruled? The Development of Cherokee Political Thought.


Ph.D., Political Science, University of Missouri

M.A., Political Science, Northern Illinois University

B.A., Politics, Saint Vincent College


Peer Reviewed Publications

“The Imposition of Freedom: Tribal Citizenship and the Case of the Cherokee Freedmen,” in
            American Citizenship and Constitutionalism in Principle and Practice, Eds. Steven Pittz and
            Joseph Postell (Forthcoming at OU Press)

Caso McGirt v Oklahoma: el Cumplimiento de los Tratados Indígenas y los Titulos Colectivos
            a la Tierra
” (with Katherine Becerra Valdivia) Revista de Derecho Universidad de
ón, 89, no. 249 (2021): 397-408.

Cherokee Political Thought and the Development of Tribal Citizenship
            Studies in American Political Development, 35, no. 1 (2021): 1-15.

Public Commentary

"Removing 'by blood': Context and Politics in the Cherokee Supreme Court's Decision to Alter the Constitution"
          Starting Points Journal (5, April, 2021)

"Who gets Cherokee citizenship has long been a struggle between the tribe and the US government"
           The Conversation (25, March, 2021)

“Holding the Government to its Word: McGirt v. Oklahoma and Tribal Sovereignty”
            Starting Points Journal  (15, July, 2020)

“Parasites: Montesquieu on the End of Civic Virtue in a Republic”
            PopMatters  (29, Apr, 2020)

“Republicanism—A Going Concern”
            Starting Points Journal  (3, Sep, 2019)

“No, Term Limits Won’t #DrainTheSwamp. We did the Research.” (with Jordan Butcher)
            The Monkey Cage  (8, May, 2018)

Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
CEL 100Great Ideas Politics & Ethics
CEL 200Great Debates in Amer Politics
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
CEL 200Great Debates Amer Pol & Econ
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
CEL 200Great Debates Amer Pol & Econ
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
CEL 200Great Debates Amer Pol & Econ