Thomas M. Keck
Professor, Political Science
Michael O. Sawyer Chair of Constitutional Law and Politics
Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute
Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1999
U.S. Supreme Court, constitutional courts, legal mobilization, freedom of speech, LGBT rights
The Supreme Court in American Politics (PSC 316)
Constitutional Law I (PSC 324)
Constitutional Law II (PSC 325)
Sexuality and the Law (PSC/QSX 384)
American Constitutional Development (PSC 711)
**Syllabi can be found at:
The Most Activist Supreme Court in
History: The Road to Modern Judicial Conservatism (University of Chicago Press,
“Party, Policy, or Duty: Why
Does the Supreme Court Invalidate Federal Statutes?” American Political Science
Review 101:2 (May 2007): 321-338.
“Beyond Backlash: Assessing
the Impact of Judicial Decisions on LGBT Rights.” Law and Society Review 43:1
(March 2009): 151-185.
Judicial Politics in
Polarized Times (University of Chicago Press, 2014).
“Hate Speech and Double
Standards.” Constitutional Studies, 1:1 (2016): 95-121.
“Movement Litigation and
Unilateral Disarmament: Abortion and the Right to Die” (co-authored with
Richard Price). Law and Social
Inquiry 40:4 (Fall 2015): 880-907.
“Why Roe Still Stands: Abortion
Law, the Supreme Court, and the Republican Regime” (co-authored with Kevin J.
McMahon). Studies in Law, Politics & Society 70 (2016):
Professor Keck's research focuses on constitutional courts and the use of legal strategies by contemporary political movements on the left and the right. He is currently leading a long-term, collaborative investigation of free speech jurisprudence in democratic and democratizing countries around the globe, funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and by Fritt Ord (a Norwegian foundation).
Campbell Public Affairs Institute