Dr. Kevin M. Pybas



Department

Political Science

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Political Science
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897

Biography

Dr. Kevin Pybas is associate professor of political science. He also serves as the pre-law advisor at Missouri State University. His research interests focus on issues of law and religion. His work has appeared in Justice System Journal (co-authored), Perspectives on Political Science, Valparaiso University Law Review, Cumberland Law Review, University of Detroit Mercy Law Review, Texas Review of Law & Politics, and a forthcoming chapter in Disestablishment and Religious Dissent: Church-State Relations in the New American States, 1776-1833 (2019).

He is also a contributor to the Encyclopedia of American Civil Rights and Liberties, and contributed a chapter to Faith, Morality and Civil Society. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Liberty Fund.

Pybas was MSU’s Provost Fellow for Public Affairs during the 2016-2017 academic year.


Details

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • J.D., The University of Tulsa
  • B.S., Oklahoma State University

Teaching

  • American Democracy and Citizenship
  • Constitutional Law I: Powers and Restraints
  • Constitutional Law II: Liberties and Rights
  • The U.S. Constitution and Equality

Research and professional interests

  • Church-state law
  • Constitutional law
  • American political thought
  • Modern and contemporary liberal political thought
  • Religion and politics

Awards and honors

  • Faculty Advisor Award of Excellence, Professional Fraternity Association, 2012-2013
  • Outstanding Student Organization Advisor, Missouri State University, 2010-2011
  • Outstanding Pre-Law Faculty Advisor, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International, 2009-2010

Areas of Expertise

Government, law and politics Student affairs


Media Appearances

Local professor explains Supreme Court decision on religious objections to Obamacare
KY3
5/16/2016 12:00:00 AM
Law expert Dr. Kevin Pybas weighs in on the Supreme Court's decision on religious objections to Obamacare.


Millennials Could Determine The Presidential Election
KOLR10
2/27/2016 12:00:00 AM
Law expert Dr. Kevin Pybas addresses why millennials aren't interested to vote.


How One Local Expert Views the Politics of the Scalia Vacancy
KSMU Radio
2/18/2016 12:00:00 AM
Law expert Dr. Kevin Pybas discusses why the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia may not affect the 2016 presidential election.


Interpreting Springfield’s Revised Indecent Exposure Ordinance, Impact on Future Protests
KSMU Radio
9/25/2015 12:00:00 AM
Law expert Dr. Kevin Pybas sheds light on Springfield’s revised Indecent Exposure Ordinance.


MSU community reacts to Trump’s travel ban order
The Standard
2/6/2017 12:00:00 AM
Law expert Dr. Kevin Pybas explains about executive orders.


Public Affairs Conference Focuses on Bridging Political Differences
KSMU Radio
3/28/2017 12:00:00 AM
Provost Fellow for Public Affairs Dr. Kevin Pybas shares about the conference and its theme.


Law expert: Planned Parenthood could win injunction, allowing abortions in Springfield
Springfield News-Leader
12/1/2016 12:00:00 AM
Law expert Dr. Kevin Pybas highlights why Springfield's Planned Parenthood clinic stands a good chance of securing an injunction.