The Quill Team

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Dr Nicholas Cole is a Senior Research Fellow at Pembroke College, University of Oxford. Aside from the Quill Project, which he directs, he studies the political thought of the eighteenth and early nineteenth century. His particular interests are the influence of classical political thought on America's first politicians, and the search for a new 'science of politics' in post-Independence America.

Quill Project Team at Pembroke College

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Dr Alfie Abdul-Rahman is a Lecturer in Computer Science at the Department of Informatics, King's College London. Her research interests include information visualization, human-computer interaction, user-centered design of visualization applications, and user studies and evaluation.
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Lauren Davis recently completed her Master of Studies at Oxford University. Lauren started with Quill as a Research Assistant in 2018, and rejoined the team some months later as the project's first Digital Curator. While studying for her undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama, Lauren was involved with the Mill Marginalia Research Project.
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Elizabeth Green recently graduated from a History and English degree at Pembroke College, Oxford and has joined Quill as a trainee Digital Curator. In addition to the obvious charms of staying at Pembroke for another year, what attracted her to the Quill Project was its close focus on text and language, as well as the chance to gain an insight into the workings of a digital humanities project.
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Ruth Murray is the Quill Project Administrator. She graduated from The Queen’s College, Oxford a long time ago and has experience in a variety of administrative roles in Oxford University, most recently at the Changing Character of War Centre.
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Grace Penn recently finished her Undergraduate Degree in English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford. She has now joined the Quill team as Trainee Digital Curator, which has allowed her to continue pursuing her interest in how the written word is formed and represented. She is particularly interested in how the project uses new technology to open a window onto texts that might otherwise seem dense or inaccessible.

Other Quill Team Members

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Mr Scott Paul Scott Paul is the Executive Director of the Utah Valley University Center for Constitutional Studies. Scott came to UVU from Brigham Young University where he studied law. His research centered on domestic and global religious liberty issues. He worked with Cole Durham and Brett Scharffs on Law and Religion: National, International, and Comparative Perspectives (Aspen/Wolters Kluwer, 2010). Scott also examined the relationship between famed jurist Sir Edward Coke and his one-time law clerk Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island and early advocate for the liberty of conscience.

1787 Constitutional Convention (2016 edition)

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Grace Mallon is a recent graduate of University College, University of Oxford, where she read History and where she is now studying for an DPhil in American History. She was the principal editor for the 2016 edition of the Quill Project's model of the records of the 1787 Constitutional Convention.

Arizona State Constitutional Convention 1910

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Dr Sean Beienburg is the director of the Living Repository of the Arizona Constitution project. Sean's teaching and research interests include the Constitution and constitutional law, American political development and American political thought, federalism and state constitutionalism/politics, executive power (both presidential and gubernatorial), parties and interest groups, 19th and early 20th century political and constitutional history, and Prohibition. He is the author of Prohibition, the Constitution, and States' Rights (published by the University of Chicago Press, 2019) and is finishing another book on states as constitutional interpreters and progressive federalists in the progressive and New Deal eras.
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Dr Nicholas Jacobs is a Faculty Research Associate at Arizona State University and a Faculty Fellow in the Department of Government at Colby College. His research focuses on executive-branch policymaking and intergovernmental politics.

Brexit Project 2019

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Emilia Cieslak is reading Law at Keble College, Oxford. She has been working as a Research Assistant on the Brexit project.
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Illinois State Constitutional Convention 1970

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Tyler Cooper is a Political Science major with an emphasis in American Government and working on the 1970 Illinois State Constitution. Working at the Utah Valley University Center for Constitutional Studies is a great privilege that has allowed Tyler to associate with the best people the world has to offer and provides an opportunity to work on projects that have real world significance.
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Cashlyn English I am currently majoring in Philosophy with a minor in Political Science. I have joined the Quill team working on the Sixth Illinois State Constitutional Convention 1970. I enjoy working at the Constitutional Studies Center because it will help to grow my experience and improve upon my skills to bring me closer to achieving the goal of working in Law.
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Edward Goebel is a senior at Utah Valley University majoring in Political Science with a Global Politics Emphasis and a double minor in Constitutional Studies and National Security. He is fascinated with history and how it continues to be made. Consequently, he hopes to do graduate studies in area studies or foreign policy and then work for the federal government doing analysis of near-peer power competition.
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Antony Jackson is a junior at Utah Valley University majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Law and minoring in Constitutional Studies. He is from the small town of Punalu'u, Hawai'i. He served an LDS Mission in the Dakotas from 2015 to 2017. He enjoys reading, watching football and rugby, enjoying time with family and learning all he can. After graduating from UVU, Antony wants to attend law school and study constitutional law in order to defend American values and liberty.
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Hannah Aurora Miller is a senior at Utah Valley University, majoring in Psychology. They are from Hawai'i, and have worked on the 19th Amendment Project and the 1970 Illinois Convention. They enjoy working with Quill because of their fascination with constitutions, and hope to continue studying various constitutions.
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Britt Olson is a Political Science major working on the 1970 Illinois constitution project. She has always greatly enjoyed history and government; the Quill Project has created the opportunity to combine these interests and help provide a resource for others to engage as well.
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David Renda is a History and Social Studies Education Major at Utah Valley University. Hired at the Center for Constitutional Studies in Sept. 2020, he is currently working on the Illinois Constitutional Convention.
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Justin Stapley is a student at Utah Valley University where he is majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in political theory as well as minoring in Constitutional Studies. He is assigned to the Illinois Convention of 1970 team. He joined the project because of his passion for understanding the origins of political thought and the way political principles become adopted into working constitutions and are crafted towards good governance.

King's College London

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Nikola Dragacevac is an Undergraduate Computer Science student at King's College London. His research interests include Data Visualization and Algorithm Design.

NEH Western State Constitutions

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Ethan Bassett studies Political Science and Constitutional Studies at Utah Valley University. He has been working on The Quill Project since 2020 and has contributed to the Wyoming and Illinois State Convention Projects. He is passionate about the promotion of constitutional literacy.
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Daniel Little is a senior at Utah Valley University majoring in political science with an emphasis in political philosophy and public law. He is also minoring in constitutional studies. Daniel currently works as a research assistant on the Quill Project modeling the Wyoming State Constitutional Convention. Additionally, Daniel is anticipating studying the foundations of American Constitutionalism under Dr. Nicholas Cole, founder of the Quill Project, in the summer of 2020. After graduation, Daniel intends to join the Peace Corps for a time before attending law school studying constitutional, immigration, or international law. Daniel enjoys the piano, writing, reading, art in all its forms, traveling, and just being with people.
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Danielle Maddox Danni majored in English at at UVU, with a minor in Constitutional Studies. Before attending UVU, she trained, licensed, and worked as a cosmetologist. Returning to academic education has fulfilled her constant need to be challenged. She also makes a regular effort to involve herself in her role as a citizen and understanding the laws that govern the country. She is preparing to study law after her undergraduate degree and has a particular interest in property rights, freedom of conscience, and religious liberty. Danni’s education at UVU and subsequent involvement with The Center for Constitutional Studies have given her the opportunity to share her passion for government and law. She took a leading role in the Salt Lake 1895 project.
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Hector Manzanarez is a Current Senior at Utah Valley University, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Constitutional Studies. Hector is Team Lead for the National Endowment for the Humanities Western States Project in Quill and is working on the modeling of the Idaho Constituonal Convention.
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Ashlynn Poelman is a senior at Utah Valley University majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration and Policy. She work on the NEH Grant-funded Wyoming and Idaho Quill projects. The Quill Project has surrounded her with both peers and mentors that are curious and resourceful. She has learned new research methods and gained more respect for historical policy makers.
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Joseph Stanley is a senior at Utah Valley University majoring in Political Science and minoring in Philosophy and Constitutional Studies. He has been working on the Quill project since May 2019, and has been a Co-Team Lead over the NEH Project since February 2020. Joseph plans to go to graduate school and aspires to be a professor teaching political science and philosophy. The Quill project has allowed him to get a deep dive into research, political philosophy and constitutionalism as an undergraduate, which helps prepare him for graduate school and beyond.
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Hannah Thayne is a junior at Utah Valley University majoring in Political Science with a concentration in Public Law and Political Philosophy and a minor in Constitutional Studies. Hannah is passionate about studying the Constitution and the historical ideas that influenced the writers of the Constitution. She hopes to use the knowledge from her time at Quill to help her in law school as she works to become an Attorney. Outside of school and work, she likes to read, run, and travel.

Reconstruction Amendments

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Erica Croft is a Senior in Political Science with a Constitutional Studies minor at Utah Valley University. She participated in the 1895 Utah Constitutional Convention project and currently she works on the Reconstruction Amendment project.
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Andrew Elder is majoring in political science and minoring in constitutional studies. He is currently working with the Reconstruction Amendments Team for the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments. Working with Quill offers has offered a unique opportunity to research, study, and learn about the history and intent behind major legal events of the U.S.
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Mizuki Hassell is majoring in Political Science and minoring in National Security Studies. She previously worked on the 19th Amendment project and is currently working on the Reconstruction projects, specifically the 14th and 15th Amendment projects. Mizuki thoroughly enjoys and feels humbled to have the opportunity to engage intimately and analyze congressional behavior.
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Kiana McAllister studied political science with an emphasis in political philosophy, public law, and constitutional studies at Utah Valley University. She is currently the team lead for the Reconstruction Amendments team responsible for modeling the congressional proceedings of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments of the United States Constitution, and other Reconstruction legislation in Quill.

Utah State Constitutional Convention 1895

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Ashton Earl is sophomore at Utah Valley University studying Economics and History and minoring in Constitutional Studies. He is from the thriving agricultural metropolis of Hermiston, Oregon. He aspires to attend law school, practice constitutional law, and convince his beautiful wife to keep him along the way.
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Mary Hill is junior at Utah Valley University majoring in Political Science with a minor in Constitutional Studies. She plans to obtain her juris doctor and work as a political analyst. She hopes to study the preservation of rights given in the First Amendment.
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Matt Rands is a senior at Utah Valley University and majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in Political Philosophy and Public Policy along with minors in Constitutional Studies and Spanish. He served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Bolivia Santa Cruz Mission. Since 2012, Matthew has been enlisted as a parachute rigger for the Utah National Guard. He anticipates to commission as an Army Lieutenant after graduation of ROTC and become a JAG officer upon completion of Law school.
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Christopher Vizcardo is senior at Utah Valley University, majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in Political Philosophy and Public Policy and minoring in Constitutional Studies. He was born in the Andean city of Huaraz, Peru. His family moved to Utah when he was a child where he has lived ever since. From 2014-16 he served an as LDS missionary in New England. He speaks both Spanish and English and is interested in learning about Latin-American history and culture. Chris hopes to go on to law school to continue his study of constitutional issues.

Former Quill Team Members

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Olivia Griffiths is a recent graduate of Pembroke College, University of Oxford, where she read French and Italian (BA). She was a Research Assistant at Pembroke College
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Dr Omer Gunes worked as a post-doctoral researcher with the Quill Project from 2018 to 2021.
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Dr Kieran Hazzard is a historian of British Radicalism and its combative relationship with the East India Company in the first half of the nineteenth century. His research seeks to redefine our understanding of empire in India during the early nineteenth century. Kieran joined Quill in 2018 as Research Assistant. He’s currently working on the US Constitutional Convention 1787.
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Eileen Jakeway worked for the Quill Project as an intern while studying for her MSt in Modern Languages as an Ertegun Scholar in the Humanities. Her interest in Quill stems from a passion for using technology to make scholarship more relevant and accessible for wider audiences; as an American, this is more important to her now than ever.
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Giverny McAndrew is a recent graduate of Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, where she read Music and Law. She was a Research Assistant at Pembroke College.

Bill of Rights 1789

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Sebastian Bates worked as a research assistant for the Quill Project during 2018. He read Jurisprudence at Keble College, University of Oxford, and developed his interest in constitutional law and public international law as an intern at Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Before joining the Quill Project, he clerked for Justice Johan Froneman at the Constitutional Court of South Africa. After leaving the Quill Project he moved to Yale Law School to continue his studies.
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Lusiana Castiglione worked as a Communications Officer and Editorial Assistant for Quill and took a leading role on the Bill of Rights 1789 project.
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Nick Williford is an Attorney at Law in Tennessee. After completing his Master of Studies at Oxford University, he worked for a number of months as a Research Assistant with Quill, focussed on the Bill of Rights. He continues to act as a legal advisor to the project.

French National Conventions

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Gauthier Boucly is a Masters student at the Sorbonne. He worked with Quill on the pilot of the French National Conventions project in summer 2018. This pilot project was organized in conjunction with the Maison Francaise d'Oxford. It is hoped that the work that the French interns were able to carry out will result in a more substantial piece of work on the 1789 'Rights of Man and the Citizen', a document profoundly influenced by the American Revolution , and which provides an important contrast to the American Bill of Rights.
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Laurine Le Rolland-Raumer is a Masters student at the University of Rennes. She worked with Quill on the pilot of the French National Conventions project in summer 2018. This pilot project was organized in conjunction with the Maison Francaise d'Oxford. It is hoped that the work that the French interns were able to carry out will result in a more substantial piece of work on the 1789 'Rights of Man and the Citizen', a document profoundly influenced by the American Revolution , and which provides an important contrast to the American Bill of Rights.
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Lucie Saez is a Masters student at the University of Rennes. She worked with Quill on the pilot of the French National Conventions project in summer 2018. This pilot project was organized in conjunction with the Maison Francaise d'Oxford. It is hoped that the work that the French interns were able to carry out will result in a more substantial piece of work on the 1789 'Rights of Man and the Citizen', a document profoundly influenced by the American Revolution , and which provides an important contrast to the American Bill of Rights.

Records of the 1787 Constitutional Convention (2016 Edition)

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Kat Howarth read Jurisprudence at Pembroke College and worked as a Research Assistant on the Quill Project.
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John Cummings worked on the Quill Project as a Wood Assistant of The Center for Constitutional Studies at Utah Valley University.
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Lance Merrell worked on the Quill Project as a Wood Assistant of The Center for Constitutional Studies at Utah Valley University.
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Matt Nolte worked on the Quill Project as a Wood Assistant of The Center for Constitutional Studies at Utah Valley University.
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Colten Sponseller worked on the Quill Project as a Wood Assistant of The Center for Constitutional Studies at Utah Valley University.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights Project

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Hanna Paasivirta works as an intern for the Quill Project while studying for an MPhil in Modern Languages. Her passion for all things at the intersection of texts and technology drives her as she researches new projects at Quill.

Utah State Constitutional Convention 1895

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Samuel Corry worked for Quill while he was a junior at Utah Valley University, majoring in History-with an emphasis on Ancient Greek and Roman Studies-and minoring in Constitutional Studies. His interests in life include studying history, following politics, and learning and reading as much as he can. From 2013-15 Samuel served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Northern California. Samuel's hobbies include helping to run the Provo Great Books Club, which he co-founded with Professor Carl Scott at UVU, which focuses on reading the "Great Books" of western literature including but not limited to works by Plutarch, Livy, Dante, Virgil, Aristotle, Plato, Cicero and others. He also enjoys hiking and exploring Southern Utah where he grew up. Along with his degree in History, Samuel is studying the Russian Language, Judicial History, and particularly enjoys reading the history of the British Empire during the reign of Queen Victoria. He is currently studying to take the LSAT in hopes of attending law school.
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Carl Scott taught history and politics at UVU and was the assistant director for Utah Valley University’s Center for Constitutional Studies where he was also involved in the Quill project until December 2019. Scott has taught Great Books liberal arts, political theory, and American politics at St. John’s College, Hampden-Sydney College, Skidmore College, Washington and Lee University, and Christopher Newport University. He has written on politics, constitutionalism, philosophy, film, and rock music for the National Review Online blog “Postmodern Conservative.” He is the co-editor of Totalitarianism on Screen: The Art and Politics of ‘The Lives of Others,’ published by The University of Kentucky Press, and the author of “The Five Conceptions of American Liberty,” an essay published by the journal National Affairs. His dissertation, completed as part of his doctoral degree in Political Science (Fordham University), compared Tocqueville’s and Plato’s accounts of democratic character.
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Mark Wait worked as a Wood Teaching and Research Assistant in the Center for Constitutional Studies, and a member of the Constitutional Studies Club. He had the opportunity to travel to Oxford University as part of his work on the Quill Project. Mark plans to pursue a Ph.D. in social sciences. He would like to start his career as a professor and eventually move to a position in higher education administration.