Administration Biographies

Director, Scott Paul

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Scott Paul was named Director of the Center for Constitutional Studies (CCS) in July 2021 after serving as Interim Director since August 2020. He started working at CCS in the summer of 2018, but he has been involved with the Center since its inception more than a decade ago. Previously, Scott directed operations and strategy for UVU’s Division of Development and Alumni Relations. In that role, he worked with former UVU President Matthew Holland on national and international outreach for support of university priorities and initiatives, including CCS. He came to UVU from Brigham Young University where he received a Juris Doctorate. His legal studies centered on domestic and global religious liberty issues. 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. He oversees the partnership with the Quill Project at Pembroke College, Oxford University. Scott is also responsible for CCS fundraising and is the Project Director of the Center's NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant to study western state constitutions.

David & Laurea Stirling Endowed Chair, Verlan Lewis

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Verlan Lewis is the Stirling Professor of Constitutional Studies at UVU where he researches, teaches, and writes about American political thought, institutions, and development. He is currently a visiting scholar in the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University where he is co-authoring a book on the rise of left and right in American politics.

Associate Director, Andrew Bibby

Andrew Bibby

Andrew Bibby is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science and History Department at Utah Valley University. He serves as Associate Director of the Center for Constitutional Studies at Utah Valley University and is the director of the Federalism Index Project.

He has published in various outlets, including the Wall Street Journal. Andy has taught classes in classical and modern political philosophy, American literature, and American political thought. He has research interests in modern political theory, political economy, and American federalism. He is the author of Montesquieu's Political Economy and Rival Visions: How Jefferson and His Contemporaries Defined the Early American Republic.

Marketing and Events Manager, Kari Dennis

Kari Dennis

Kari Dennis came to UVU as a Non-Traditional student in 2013 to study Criminal Justice. As a student, she served as the UVUSA Student Senator for the College of Health and Public Services for two years.  Kari also sat on different committees, including EPAC and Advisement Leadership Council, while attending UVU. 

While serving in these positions, Kari fell in love with UVU and campus life. These experiences impacted her so much that she gained employment in 2017 with the Career Development Center as the Events and Marketing Coordinator. Kari loved interacting with the employers that came to campus for various events and connecting students to them. She has a passion for wanting people to feel valued and always looks for ways to build unity, teamwork, and making people feel welcome. 

Kari currently works for the Center for Constitutional Studies as the Events and Marketing Manager. She has gained a new appreciation for the Constitution and loves learning more and sharing what she has learned with others. 

Kari is an adjunct professor for the Criminal Justice Department teaching Career Strategies and Law Society. She loves to help her students find their goals, passions, and interests as they navigate their next steps after graduation. 

She looks forward to continually getting involved on campus, being part of, and supporting Wolverine pride!