Dr. Kevin M. Pybas


Political Science and Philosophy
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

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


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.



  • PhD, University of Georgia
  • JD, The University of Tulsa
  • BS, Oklahoma State University


  • 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

What is the Electoral College and how does it work?

Political science professor Dr. Kevin Pybas sheds light on the Electoral College.

History of the electoral college and how it works

Political science professor Dr. Kevin Pybas weighs in on the history of the Electoral College.

How teachers practice non-partisan in the classroom

Political science professor Dr. Kevin Pybas addresses how he remains non-partisan in the classroom.

Public Affairs Conference Focuses on Bridging Political Differences
KSMU Radio

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

Law expert Dr. Kevin Pybas highlights why Springfield's Planned Parenthood clinic stands a good chance of securing an injunction.

Local professor explains Supreme Court decision on religious objections to Obamacare

Law expert Dr. Kevin Pybas weighs in on the Supreme Court's decision on religious objections to Obamacare.

Millennials Could Determine The Presidential Election

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

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

Law expert Dr. Kevin Pybas sheds light on Springfield’s revised Indecent Exposure Ordinance.