Sheila Suess Kennedy

Sheila Suess Kennedy

Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Office: BS 4061
Phone: 317-274-2895

Curriculum Vitae
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Professor Kennedy joined SPEA at IUPUI in August 1998 as an assistant professor of law and public policy.


  • J.D. cum laude, Indiana University School of Law
  • B.S. with honors, Indiana University
  • A.A. Stephens College for Women

Professional experience

  • Executive Director, Indiana Civil Liberties Union 1992-1998
  • President, Kennedy Development Services 1987-1992
  • Partner, Mears Crawford Kennedy & Eichholtz 1980-1986
  • Republican Candidate, 11th Congressional District 1980
  • Corporation Counsel, City of Indianapolis 1977-1980
  • Associate Attorney, Baker & Daniels 1975-1977

Professional affiliations

  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indiana Leadership Celebration
  • American Political Science Association
  • Midwest Political Science Association
  • American Society for Public Administration
  • Indiana Society for Public Administration
  • Law & Society Association

Major fields of expertise

  • Constitutional Culture
  • Charitable Choice
  • Civil Liberties / Civil Rights
  • Religion and Public Policy
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Media and Public Policy

Intellectual contributions


  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess and Shultz, David. "American Public Services: Constitutional and Ethical Foundations" (Jones and Bartlett, 2010).
  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess. "Distrust, American Style: Diversity and the Crisis of Public Confidence" (Prometheus Books, 2009).
  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess. "God and Country: America in Red and Blue" (Baylor University Press, 2007).
  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess and Wolfgang Bielefeld. "Charitable Choice at Work: Faith-Based Job Training in the States" (Georgetown University Press, 2006).
  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess. "Pickin' Fights with Thunderstorms" (C.S. Kern Publishing, 2005).
  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess and Ingrid Ritchie. "To Market, To Market: Reinventing Indianapolis" (University Press of America, 2001).
  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess. "Free Expression in America: A Documentary History" (Greenwood Press, 1999).
  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess. "What's a Nice Republican Girl Like Me Doing at the ACLU?" (Prometheus Books, 1997).

Book Chapters

  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess. "Religious Philanthropies and Social Programs" in Issues and Tensions In Religious Philanthropies, Center for Study of Religious and American Culture, T. Davis, editor. 2011
  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess. "The ACLU" and "Checks and Balances" in the Encyclopedia of the United States 2010.
  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess. "Religious Paradigms and the Rule of Law: Thinking in Red and Blue" in Studies in Law, Politics and Society, Austin Sarat, series editor. Elsevier Science Inc. 2006.
  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess and Laura S. Jensen. "Outsourcing Patriotism: Privatization, Sovereignty and War." Transatlantic Public Policy Series, Vol. 2. Transaction Publishers, N.J. 2006.
  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess. "The Poor You Have Always With You: The Problem of the Sturdy Beggar" in Essays on Indiana Legal History. Bodenhamer, David and Randall Shepard, editors. Ohio University Press, 2006. pp.90-109.
  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess and Laura Jensen. "Government Ethics and Constitutional Accountability" in George G. Frederickson and Richard K. Ghere, Ethics in Public Management. M.E. Sharpe, 2005
  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess. "Government Shekels and Government Shackles Revisited: Questions for Church and State." In Exploring Black Philanthropy: New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising, No. 48. Patrick Rooney, and Lois Sherman, eds. Jossey-Bass, 2005.
  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess, "The Bill of Rights," "The Incorporation Doctrine," "Congress and Civil Liberties," and "Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire" in the Encyclopedia of Civil Liberties (2004)
  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess, "Indiana." in Legal Systems of the World: a Political, Social and Cultural Encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara. (2003)
  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess, "Writing in Service of Thought." in Writing in the Arts, Sciences and Professional Schools at IUPUI, IUPUI Office of Campus Writing, (2002).

Courses taught

  • SPEA-V 540 Law and Public Affairs
  • SPEA-V 376 Law and Public Policy
  • SPEA-V 450/SPEA-V 550 The Individual and the Community
  • SPEA-V 260 Sin and Crime
  • SPEA-V 450 / SPEA-V 550 Mass Media and Public Affairs
  • SPEA-V 450 / SPEA-V 550 Classic Confrontation: Policy Then and Now
  • SPEA-V 550 Religion and Public Policy


  • Regular columnist for Indianapolis Business Journal; former columnist for Indianapolis Star, Indiana Word
  • Editorial Board, Public Administration Review
  • Indiana Advisory Committee, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
  • Co-chair, City-County Council Caucus 2003 Transition Team
  • Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee Race Relations Advisory Council
  • Board, American Values Alliance
  • Steering Committee, Lawyers Council, ACLU of Indiana

Awards and recognition

  • Chancellor's Faculty Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement, 2010
  • Trustee Teaching Award, IUPUI, 2009
  • Outstanding Alumni of the Year, IU School of Law–Indianapolis, 2008
  • Robert Risk Award for Lifetime Achievement, ACLU of Indiana, 2008
  • Johnson Award for Best Paper in Ethics and Accountability, 2005
  • Champion of Liberty Award from the Marion County Libertarians, 2004
  • Building Bridges of Understanding Award from Indy Choruses, 2004
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2004, 2005
  • Citation of Excellence, Emerald Management Independent Review Board
  • IUPUI's Outstanding Female Faculty (one of 47), 2002
  • Who's Who in America 2002
  • Jencks Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Law in Indiana (2002)
  • Indiana Liberty Award, Lambda Legal Defense (2001)
  • American Library Association, 30th Anniversary Roll of Honor, Office for Intellectual Freedom and Freedom to Read Foundation (1999)