Kimberly Shankman is the Dean of the College at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. She received her PhD in Political Science from Northern Illinois University. Subsequently she taught in the Politics and Government Department at Ripon College from 1985-2001, when she left to take her current position at Benedictine College.
Her research interests are American political thought and constitutional law. She is the author of Compromise and the Constitution: The Political Thought of Henry Clay. Additionally, she has published articles relating to the privileges or immunities clause of the 14th amendment and other aspects of constitutional law. Her recent scholarship focuses on the relationship between reason and public life, including a paper on “Truth and Democracy” presented at the University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy and a talk on “Human Capital in Caritas in Veritate” at Columbia University in New York, “What the Catholic Church Demands of Those in Power” for the Crossroads Cultural Center in New York, and “Reason, Truth, and Democracy: Pope Benedict on Public Life” at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.