Asa James Swan
Department of History
|Title:||Assistant Professor of History|
|Degrees:||Ph.D. University of Kentucky, ABD
M.A., Western Kentucky University
B.A., Huntington University
A.A., Lindsey Wilson College
American History I and II
British History from 1485
French Revolution and Napoleon
World Civilization I and II
Asa James Swan was born in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1979 as the
oldest child of Dr. Terry and Cinda Swan. He received his
first degree, an Associate of Arts, from Lindsey Wilson College in
1996 with honors, where he served as the youngest student body
president in the nation. Three years later, Asa earned a B.A.
in History from Huntington University, graduating magna cum laude
after serving as its first two-term student body president.
He was also a Rhodes Scholar nominee during his senior year.
Since that time, he has completed an M.A. in History from Western
Kentucky University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in History
from the University of Kentucky.
Asa has several passions, the first of which is politics.
Beginning as an intern on the Elizabeth Dole for President Campaign
in 1999, Asa spent over two years working in Washington on Capitol
Hill for former Congressman Ron Lewis (Second District of Kentucky)
and the Senate Republican Conference. He returned to Kentucky
to serve in Governor Fletcher's administration as one of the
governor's legislative liaisons, focusing specifically on
transportation issues. While serving in this position for
four General Assemblies, Asa developed strong relationships with
legislators on both sides of the aisle and became the only
legislative liaison to see all of his legislation signed into
law. He was a candidate for the Kentucky State House of
Representatives in Adair and Taylor counties in 2008.
During his time in college, Asa fell in love with both history and
theatre, his other two passions. When it comes to history, he
especially enjoys the French Revolution and World War II and the
lessons we can learn from these turbulent events. As Lord
Bolingbrook said, "History is philosophy teaching by example and
also by warning." As for his other love, theatre provides a
great medium for creative expression and exploring the human
condition. Because of this, Asa founded the Lindsey Wilson
Players in fall 2008 and currently serves as its advisor.