Sheila Suess Kennedy

Professor, Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUPUI; Affiliate Faculty Member, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Sheila Kennedy


  • J.D. cum laude, Indiana University School of Law
  • B.S. with honors, Indiana University
  • A.A. Stephens College for Women

Courses Taught

  • SPEA-V 540 Law and Public Affairs
  • SPEA-V 376 Law and Public Policy
  • SPEA-V 450/SPEA-V 550 The Individual and the Community
  • SPEA-V 260 Sin and Crime
  • SPEA-V 450 / SPEA-V 550 Mass Media and Public Affairs
  • SPEA-V 450 / SPEA-V 550 Classic Confrontation: Policy Then and Now
  • SPEA-V 550 Religion and Public Policy


  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess and Shultz, David. "American Public Services: Constitutional and Ethical Foundations" (Jones and Bartlett, 2010).
  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess. "Distrust, American Style: Diversity and the Crisis of Public Confidence" (Prometheus Books, 2009).
  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess. "God and Country: America in Red and Blue" (Baylor University Press, 2007).
  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess and Wolfgang Bielefeld. "Charitable Choice at Work: Faith-Based Job Training in the States" (Georgetown University Press, 2006).
  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess. "Pickin' Fights with Thunderstorms" (C.S. Kern Publishing, 2005).
  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess and Ingrid Ritchie. "To Market, To Market: Reinventing Indianapolis" (University Press of America, 2001).
  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess. "Free Expression in America: A Documentary History" (Greenwood Press, 1999).
  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess. "What's a Nice Republican Girl Like Me Doing at the ACLU?" (Prometheus Books, 1997).

Honors & Awards

  • Chancellor's Faculty Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement, 2010
  • Trustee Teaching Award, IUPUI, 2009
  • Outstanding Alumni of the Year, IU School of Law–Indianapolis, 2008
  • Robert Risk Award for Lifetime Achievement, ACLU of Indiana, 2008
  • Johnson Award for Best Paper in Ethics and Accountability, 2005
  • Champion of Liberty Award from the Marion County Libertarians, 2004
  • Building Bridges of Understanding Award from Indy Choruses, 2004
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2004, 2005
  • Citation of Excellence, Emerald Management Independent Review Board
  • IUPUI's Outstanding Female Faculty (one of 47), 2002
  • Who's Who in America 2002
  • Jencks Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Law in Indiana (2002)
  • Indiana Liberty Award, Lambda Legal Defense (2001)
  • American Library Association, 30th Anniversary Roll of Honor, Office for Intellectual Freedom and Freedom to Read Foundation (1999)

Other Activities

  • Regular columnist for Indianapolis Business Journal; former columnist for Indianapolis Star, Indiana Word
  • Editorial Board, Public Administration Review
  • Indiana Advisory Committee, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
  • Co-chair, City-County Council Caucus 2003 Transition Team
  • Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee Race Relations Advisory Council
  • Board, American Values Alliance
  • Steering Committee, Lawyers Council, ACLU of Indiana