Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government


Ashbrook Scholar Program


Student Publications

Publications of the Ashbrook Scholar Program include Res Publica and Statesmanship Theses.

Res Publica

Res Publica is an annual journal of the Ashbrook Scholars’ writing. Res Publica authors are recipients of the Taylor Excellence in Writing Award, which encourages Ashbrook Scholars to write and write well. Award recipients receive cash awards of up to $400 for their work, as well as a writing seminar with several distinguished Ashland University Faculty.

These essays can be read online in our Res Publica archive.

Statesmanship Theses

Each Ashbrook Scholar is required, as a condition of their scholarship, to complete a senior thesis prior to graduation. This thesis, known as a Statesmanship Thesis, is a lengthy paper, typically in excess of 50 pages, that attempts to answer a well-developed question regarding a topic of particular interest to a Scholar. After this paper is written, the Scholar publically defends it in front of a thesis committee and an audience of other interested parties.

This thesis is each Scholar’s opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge in a particular area of learning. It is the culmination of their entire undergraduate education and an expression of what they are capable of intellectually.

Past winners of the Charles Parton Award, the award given to the most outstanding theses every year, can be found in our thesis archive.