Dr. Amy Gossett is the 2019 director of the Honors Program, as well as the campus director of the American Democracy Project (ADP), state government intern coordinator, and full professor of political science at Lincoln University of Missouri. While doing research for her dissertation, she created the Missouri Public Affairs Academy (2000), a residential summer camp, where high school juniors and seniors from around the state acquire the knowledge, skills and dispositions essential for democratic citizen engagement. It has since become an integral part of Missouri State University's institutional mission in public affairs. She then received her PhD in political theory and policy analysis from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2004.
Dr. Gossett has taught at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO since 2005. In her capacity as ADP director, she has taken part in many important projects such as Deliberative Polling at the Center for Deliberative Democracy, Stanford University, and the Civic Agency Initiative led by Harry Boyte and the Center for Democratic Citizenship. However, some of her most fulfilling work has been as the intern coordinator at the state capital. She has sent over 200 students to work in all three branches of state government over the last 14 years. Many of those same interns are now state employees and elected officials requesting their own interns from Lincoln University. Some of her other roles include ENACT Faculty Fellow at Brandeis University, primary instructor and advisor for the Civic Engagement & Public Service Living/Learning Community, the Lloyd Gaines pre-law program, and the Pi Sigma Alpha political science honors society.
B.A. University of Houston, University Park (Honors)
Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington
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