Charles U. Zug is Kinder Assistant Professor of Constitutional Democracy and Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Truman School of Government and Public Affairs. He received his PhD in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.
Charles's expertise is in American political development (APD) and constitutional theory, with a focus on the American presidency and the relationship between ideas and the development of political institutions. Specifically, he is interested in evaluating the functionality of political institutions within the context of the broader constitutional order.
In addition to scholarly articles, book chapters, and popular press writings, Charles is the author of Demagogues in American Politics (Oxford University Press, 2022) and Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Federal Highway Act (University Press of Kansas, 2024). Among other projects, he is currently writing a book tentatively titled Constructing a Mythology of American Federalism.