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Dr. David Kirkpatrick, Interim Executive Director

Dr. David C. Kirkpatrick (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is the interim executive director of the Madison Center for Civic Engagement and an associate professor in philosophy & religion. Dr. Kirkpatrick is an accomplished historian who has written or co-edited multiple books that explore intersections of politics, religion, and social movements—with the University of Pennsylvania Press (2019), Rutgers University Press (2022) and his current book project with Oxford University Press (expected in 2023). This book, Blood and Borders, explores how stories and images of religious violence shaped voting constituencies and participation in the U.S. public square. Dr. Kirkpatrick has given lectures at the University of Oxford, Dartmouth College, University of Cambridge, Yale-Edinburgh Consortium, Princeton Theological Seminary, Marquette University, among many others. He has also produced leading research with scholars from around the world—at the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies in Germany, funded by the German government (UNC Press, 2022), at Dartmouth College funded by the Leslie Center for the Humanities at Dartmouth (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2023), and at Wolfson College at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Kirkpatrick’s research speaks to the increasing diversity of the U.S. voting public, how religion impacts political discourse and engagement, as well as the diversity and importance of Latino communities in the United States.

At James Madison University, Dr. Kirkpatrick teaches a variety of courses on religion and politics in the Americas, as well as the Civil Rights Movement. He is passionate about identifying and amplifying the wonderful work of his colleagues and working to create new avenues for public engagement and the common good.

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Logan Zeigler, Program Coordinator

Logan is the program coordinator for JMU Civic where she supports the mission and programming of the department. She is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College (now University) where she studied International Relations. Logan previously worked in JMU Student Affairs within the University Career Center (UCC), where she provided guidance on recruiting best practices to students and employers. During her time in UCC, Logan served as the department’s liaison to SOGIE Programming and stayed up to date on legislation impacting the LGBTQ community to inform student programming and employer education. Combining her expertise in employment legislation with her dedication to supporting LGBTQ students, Logan conceptualized and co-presented programs such as Career Decision-Making with a Queer Lens. This dedication to LGBTQ rights resulted in Logan’s nomination to the JMU SOGIE Advisory Board where she continues to serve as a representative of JMU Civic. Logan is an advocate for accessible and inclusive practices at JMU and has a strong commitment to equity and social justice.

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Angelina Clapp, Graduate Assistant

Angelina Clapp is the Graduate Assistant for JMU Civic. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Public Administration at JMU and received her bachelor's degree in Political Science from JMU in 2020. She spent the past three years working with the Center and is passionate about civic engagement.

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