The West Forum office at 346 Bancroft Hall is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dr. Karen Kedrowski
Director of the West Forum
Chair of the Political Science Department
Office Phone: 803/323-4662
Office Location: 328 Bancroft
Dr. Karen Kedrowski is the Director of the John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the Carl Albert Congressional Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma in 1992, and her BA in Political Science, French, and History from the University of Minnesota in 1986. She conducts research primarily in the fields of congressional communication and public policy. Her interest in health policy specifically stems from her two years as a Health Policy Analyst for Families USA in Washington, DC. She is the author of Media Entrepreneurs and the Media Enterprise in the US Congress (1996); and coauthor of Cancer Activism (2007) and Breastfeeding Rights in the United States (2008). In 2010 she was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at McGill University in Montreal Canada. In 2011, she was named Winthrop University's Distinguished Professor, the University's highest faculty honor.
Assistant Director of the West Forum
Office Phone: 803/323-4584
Office Location: 330 Bancroft
Katarina Moyon is the Assistant Director of the John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy. She also is a lecturer in the Department of Political Science and University College. She received her M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University and her B.A. in International Affairs and German from Northern Arizona University. She is interested in electoral code and voter education in U.S. and foreign elections. She worked for the International Foundation for Election Systems assisting developing countries in Eastern Europe organize and conduct democratic elections and also conducted research under a Fulbright Fellowship on Croatia's election system. Also, she is interested in examining health policy in the US and abroad based on her work at the World Health Organization in this capacity.
John M. Spratt, Jr.
Visiting Distinguished Professor of Public Policy
Office Number: 803/323-4990
Office Location: 350 Bancroft
John Spratt is the Visiting Distinguished Professor of Public Policy. Professor Spratt served in the United States Congress from 1983-2011 as the representative of the Fifth District of South Carolina. Spratt served as Chair of the U.S. House Committee on the Budget, and the second ranking Democrat on the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services, where he served on three subcommittees: Oversight and Investigations, Strategic Forces, and Air and Land Forces. In addition to his committee work, he co-chaired the Textile Caucus, the Bearing Caucus, and the Nuclear Energy Caucus.
One of Spratt's greatest accomplishments was the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, which he co-authored, putting the federal budget in surplus for the first time in 30 years. In the 111th Congress, Spratt supported legislation such as the 2009 Stimulus Act, extension of unemployment benefits, increased infrastructure and labor workforce funding, increased federal financial aid packages, increased home foreclosure and small business assistance, reduction in estate taxes for 99.8 percent of estates, clean water legislation, health insurance reform, expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, reforming Medicare payment plans, clean energy legislation, pay as you go legislation, defense authorization for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, increased VA medical benefits.
Professor Spratt was born and raised in York, South Carolina, where he still resides. He earned a BA degree in history from Davidson College in 1964. Spratt then earned an MA degree in philosophy, politics, and economics from Oxford University (Corpus Christi College) in 1966 while studying on a Marshall Scholarship, and an LLB degree from Yale Law School in 1969. Mr. Spratt was a captain in the Army from 1969 to 1971, serving in the Operations Analysis Group in the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) at the Pentagon, and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. Professor Spratt is married to Jane Stacy of Filbert, South Carolina, a Winthrop alumna. They have three daughters and five grandchildren.
The 5th Congressional District covers all or part of 14 counties in north-central South Carolina. Its largest cities are Rock Hill and Sumter.
Departmental Program Assistant
Office Phone: 803-323-2209
Office Location: 346 Bancroft
Ms. Oswald is the Departmental Program Assistant for the History and Political Science Departments at Winthrop University. She also works closely with the Model United Nation and West Forum programs. Oswald graduated summa cum laude from Winthrop in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. She then went on to pursue some graduate work at the University of South Carolina before deciding to return to Winthrop in November 2011 to serve in her current position. She plans on continuing her pursuit of a Master's degree in History while working at Winthrop.