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Visiting Scholar Program

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About the Program

The Federalism Index Project is pleased to announce its Visiting Scholar Program. Visiting scholars are chosen on the basis of their contributions to federalism education, intergovernmental relations, and constitutional studies. This year (2023-24) we are joined by Dr. B Kal Munis from Utah Valley University.   

2023 - 2024

Dr. B. Kal Munis is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Utah Valley University. He is a leading scholar of America’s urban-rural political divide and a firm believer in the need of take political geography seriously to properly understand American politics. His research and commentary are shaped by growing up in a working class family in rural southwest Montana.

Firmly rooted in place, Munis is a fifth generation native of the Treasure State and returns as often as possible to his hometown to recharge, reconnect, seek inspiration for new research projects. Munis draws connections to federalism in virtually all of his work and looks forward to producing scholarship in his time as a Visiting Scholar that enhances our collective understanding of an appreciation for how federalism impacts American political life. His work has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed political science journals, prominent American think tanks, and leading national media outlets. He holds BA (2013) and MA (2015) degrees from the University of Montana, a PhD from the University of Virginia (2020), and was a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University (2020-2021). You can learn more about Munis by visiting his website ( or by emailing him (

Dr. B. Kal Muniz

Assistant Professor, Political Science

Utah Valley University


Previous Scholars

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G. Alan Tarr (2020-2021)

Director, Center for State Constitutional Studies Rutgers University

G. Alan Tarr was founder and director of the Center for State Constitutional Studies and is now on the Board of Governors Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Rutgers University-Camden. He served as editor of State Constitutions of the United States, a 50-volume reference series (Oxford University Press) and as co-editor of the three-volume State Constitutions for the Twenty-first Century (State University of New York Press), of Constitutional Origins, Structure, and Change in Federal Countries (McGill-Queen's University Press), and of Federalism, Subnational Constitutions, and Minority Rights (Praeger). He is the author of Without Fear or Favor (Stanford University Press), Understanding State Constitutions (Princeton University Press) and Judicial Process and Judicial Policymaking (Rutledge); co-author of State Supreme Courts in State and Nation (Yale University Press) and of American Constitutional Law (Rutledge). Three times the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and more recently a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Ottawa, he has lectured on federalism and constitutionalism throughout the United States and in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America.


John Dinan (2021-2022)

Professor, Wake Forest University

Editor, Publius: The Journal of Federalism

John Dinan is a professor of politics and international affairs at Wake Forest University.  He is the author of several books, including "State Constitutional Politics: Governing by Amendment in the American States” and "The American State Constitutional Tradition."  He also writes an annual review of state constitutional developments in the 50 states and has published numerous articles analyzing various aspects of the U.S. federal system.  

He is the current editor of Publius: The Journal of Federalism and a past chair of the Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations Section of the American Political Science Association.  He received his PhD from the University of Virginia.

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