Kevin Baron holds a Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Florida, focusing on American Institutions and Politics. He holds a master’s degree in political science from UF and in public administration from Sonoma State University, where he also received a bachelor’s degree in political science. Kevin's current research focuses on power struggles within Congress and between Congress and the president during the long-term legislative process, and how that process leads toward institutional reform.

Understanding the connections between government, politics, and individuals is why Kevin is the Civic Engagement Coordinator for the Bob Graham Center. Civics education and preparing students for their role as a citizen means understanding the symbiotic relationship between government and society. Most important, how we as individuals have the ability to influence positive change within our local communities and nationally. Being an informed and engaged citizen is at the heart of the US Constitution and necessary for a democratic republic to thrive. Kevin oversees various student programs, including the Graham Center Civic Scholars and the Healthy 3C Grant Initiative, teaching the Center's "Rethinking Citizenship" course, as well as advising several student organizations. From 2011 to 2015, Kevin was the Graham Center's graduate assistant where he worked on a variety of programs in the office.

Prior to coming to the University of Florida, Kevin was the director of government affairs for an independent small business advocacy organization focused on policy reform and oversight of federal contracting and procurement programs.

Contact:
Kevin Baron | Civic Engagement Coordinator
220 Pugh Hall | PO Box 112030 | Gainesville, FL 32611 
Ph 352-846-1575 | Fax. 352-846-1576
Email: kbaron76@ufl.edu
Website: http://people.clas.ufl.edu/kbaron76/