Jay Sexton is the inaugural Kinder Institute Chair in Constitutional Democracy and Professor of History. A native of Salina, Kansas, and a graduate of KU, he returned to the Midwest to the University of Missouri in 2016 after spending the better part of two decades at Oxford University in England. Sexton started in Oxford as a grad student Marshall Scholar and worked his way up to being Director of the Rothermere American Institute (RAI) and, upon his departure, being elected an Emeritus Fellow. Sexton wrote his most recent book right here in CoMo, in between walks with his dog on the MKT trail. A Nation Forged by Crisis: A New American History (Basic Books, 2018) argues that international forces have shaped the course of U.S. history during its greatest moments of transformative change.