Jim Burkee is Vice Provost of Graduate and Online Academics at Concordia College New York. Since earning his doctorate from Northwestern University, Jim has been an educator, college administrator, and business owner. His academic interests lie in American religious and political history, and he is the author of Power, Politics, and the Missouri Synod – winner of the 2013 Biglerville Prize for scholarship in American Lutheranism. In 2008, he was a candidate for US Congess in a unique race that garnered national attention. He has also written and spoken widely on political and historical topics, on Fox News, NBC News, and NPR; and in USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many other national news publications. In his current role at Concordia College New York, Jim heads the College’s growing list of graduate and online programs, and is responsible for developing external partnerships for the institution. He and his wife, Susan, live in Bronxville on the campus of Concordia College with their three children, Christian (18), Grace (16) and Lydia (13).