Gary L. McDowell Institute 2021-22 Student Fellows Program

True to the principles that inspire the McDowell Institute, the Student Fellows Program seeks to engage ideas across the ideological spectrum and is designed to enrich the intellectual experience of students interested in political, social, and economic thought. Read more about our 2021-22 Student Fellows Program here

The 2021-22 fellows participate in a co-curricular reading group focused on Jonathan Rauch’s "The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth" (Brookings Institution Press, 2021). Rauch, a senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and a contributing writer of The Atlantic, is an award-winning author of many articles and eight books on public policy, culture, and economics. In "The Constitution of Knowledge," he addresses an epistemic crisis: the multi-front challenge to America’s ability to distinguish fact from fiction and elevate truth above falsehood.

Fellows explore enduring questions raised by the text and apply insights to contemporary issues in virtual discussions facilitated by:

2021-22 Seminar Leader

Kevin Cherry Dr. Kevin Cherry
Associate Professor of
Political Science

2021-22 Scholar for the Day Presentation

Jonathan Rauch
March 29   
The Constitution of Knowledge

2021-22 Student Fellows

Shelby Campbell, ’25
Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL) and Business Administration
Sean Corbett, ’23
Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL)
Nico Ellis, '23
Leadership Studies and Political Science
Brie Grossman Gabrielle (Brie) Grossman, ’23
Leadership Studies and Business
Maha Hassan Maha Hassan, ’22
Leadership Studies and Sociology
Calvin Hogg Calvin Hogg, ’22
German Studies and Global Studies
Anna-Laura Houston, '25
Undeclared Major
Bond Magevney Bond Magevney, ’23
Leadership Studies
Megnha Melkote Meghna Melkote, ’22
Political Science, Philosophy, and American Studies
Annie Michael, '24
Leadership Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL)
Patrick O'Keefe, ’22
Leadership Studies
Lauren Oligino, '24
Leadership Studies and Political Science
Ben Queen, '23
Leadership Studies