Faculty Advisory Committee

The Democracy Initiative will be advised and supported by a Faculty Advisory Committee (members listed above) which meets quarterly to provide advice and counsel to the Initiative’s co-directors in furtherance of:

  • A robust research portfolio that examines interesting and important conceptual, practice and implementation questions pertaining to domestic and global democracy;
  • Innovative approaches to teaching, curriculum development and course design for students matriculating at UVA and in other learning environments;
  • Public engagement and debate that supports the Initiative’s research and problem-solving objectives, and fosters constructive public dialogue about many of the most critical issues of the day; and
  • Initiative partnerships with the non-profit, business, philanthropic and public sectors to inform every aspect of research, teaching and public engagement. 


William Antholis
Director & CEO of the Miller Center
Lawrie Balfour
Professor of Politics
Colin Bird
Associate Professor of Politics; Director of the Program in Political Philosophy, Policy and Law
Meredith Clark
Assistant Professor of Media Studies
Federico Cuatlacuatl
Professor of Digital Art
Camilla Fojas
Professor & Chair of Media Studies
Kevin Gaines
Chair, Democracy Initiative Faculty Advisory Committee; Julian Bond Professor of Civil Rights and Social Justice
Martien Halvorson-Taylor
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Caroline Janney
John L. Nau, III, Professor in History of the American Civil War
Kelsey Johnson
Assoc. Professor of Astronomy; Director of the Echols Scholars Program
Jennifer Lawless
Commonwealth Professor of Politics
David LeBlang
Professor of Politics (Arts & Sciences); Ambassador Henry Taylor Professor of Politics (Miller Center); Professor of Public Policy (Batten School); Director of the Global Policy Center
Christian McMillen
Associate Dean for the Social Sciences; Professor of History
Stephen Mull
Vice Provost for Global Affairs
Jeffrey Olick
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology; Chair of Sociology
Kurtis Schaeffer
Frances Myers Ball Professor of Religious Studies
Sandip Sukhtankar
Associate Professor of Economics