Rick A. Swanson

Associate Professor of Political Science and Pre-Law Advisor

Anthony Moroux/BORSF Memorial Professorship in Political Science III

Curriculum Vitae: August 2013

 

 

Department of Political Science                                                                                                                                                                                                           Lafayette, LA 70506

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

231 Mouton Hall

Corner of St. Mary and Johnston

P.O. Box 41652                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Phone: (337) 501-7625

Lafayette, LA 70504-1652

 

Office: 337-482-6164

Home: 337-501-7625

Fax:    337-482-6170                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

E-mail: swanson {at} louisiana {dot} edu

Web: www.louisiana.edu/~ras2777

 

 

Professional Academic Appointments

 

                Associate Professor of Political Science (tenured), Department of Political Science

                                University of Louisiana--Lafayette, 2008 - current

                Anthony Moroux/BORSF Memorial Professorship in Political Science III, 2008-current

                UL--Lafayette Pre-Law Advisor and Pre-Law Program Coordinator 2001- current

                Assistant Professor of Political Science, (Tenure-track) Department of Political Science, 2001-2007

                               

Education

 

                Ph.D., Political Science, University of Kentucky, August 2001

                                GPA: 3.9/4.0

                                Major Field: American Politics with an emphasis on Public Law and Judicial Politics.

                                Minor Field: Public Policy.

                                Dissertation Title: State Supreme Court Oversight of State Administrative Agencies.

                                Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Bradley Canon

 

                ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) Summer Program, 1997.

                                University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Regression and Maximum Likelihood Estimation.

 

                J.D., Summa Cum Laude, 1994 Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, IL.

                                Concentration in U.S. Constitutional Law, primarily Civil Liberties and Civil Rights.

 

                M.A., Political Science, 1991 Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL.

 

                B.S., Computer Science, 1988, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL.

 

Refereed Publications

 

Swanson, Rick A. “Judicial Roles on State High Courts.”  94 Judicature 168-177 (2011).

 

Swanson, Rick A. and Stephen L. Wasby.  “Good Stewards:  Law Clerk Influence in State High Courts.” 29 Justice System Journal 24-46 (2008).

 

Swanson, Rick A. “Judicial Perceptions of Consensual Norms on State Supreme Courts.”  91 Judicature 186-96 (2008).

 

Swanson, Rick A. A Descriptive Portrait of State Supreme Court Oversight of State Administrative Agencies.” 34 Journal of Political Science 58-77 (2007).

 

Swanson, Rick A. “Judicial Perceptions of Voting Fluidity on State Supreme Courts.” 28 Justice System Journal 199-218 (2007).

 

Swanson, Rick A. “The Dynamics of Specific and Diffuse Support for the United States Supreme Court.” 44 Social Science Journal 645-663 (2007).

 

Other Publications

 

Swanson, Rick A. “Overview of First Amendment Law”, in First Amendment Law in Louisiana, Bill Davie and Mike Maher, eds.  (University of Louisiana Press, forthcoming 2014).

 

Swanson, Rick A. Book review of This is Not Civil Rights: Discovering Rights Talk in 1939 America, by George I. Lovell, University of Chicago Press. Reviewed for Political Science Quarterly, Vol 128 No. 2, pp. 385-386. (2013)

 

Swanson, Rick A. “American Civil Liberties Union” Craig Forsyth and Heith Hopes, eds. Encyclopedia of Social Deviance. SAGE Publications (forthcoming 2013).

 

Swanson, Rick A. Book review of New York Times v. Sullivan: Civil Rights, Libel Law, and the Free Press, by Kermit Hall and Melvin Urofsky, reviewed for the Law & Politics Book Review. Vol. 22 No. 9 (September 2012), pp. 465-468, electronically published at:

        http://www.lpbr.net/2012/09/new-york-times-v-sullivan-civil-rights.html

 

Swanson, Rick A. Book review of We Must Not be Afraid to be Free: Stories of Free Expression in America, by Roland K.L. Collins and Sam Chaltain, reviewed for the Law & Politics Book Review. Vol. 22 No. 3 (March 2012), pp. 114-117, electronically published at:

        http://www.lpbr.net/2012/03/we-must-not-be-afraid-to-be-free.html

 

Swanson, Rick A. “Gannett Company v. Depasquale” and “Richmond Newspapers v. Virginia” in David Schultz, ed. Encyclopedia of American Law and Criminal Justice.  New York: Facts on File (2012).

 

Swanson, Rick A. “School Prayer,” “Intelligent Design,” “ISKCON v. Lee” “Public Forum,” and “Third Amendment,” in David Schultz, ed.  Encyclopedia of the United States Constitution. New York: Facts on File (2009).

 

Swanson, Rick A. “Public Forum”; “Fighting Words” in David Schultz, ed., Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court.  New York: Facts on File (2004).

 

Swanson, Rick A. “The Third Amendment;” “Stanley v. Georgia;” and “International Society for Krishna Consciousness v. Lee;” in David Schultz and John R. Vile, ed., Encyclopedia of Civil Liberties in America. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe (2004).

 

Swanson, Rick A. “Bill of Rights;” “Environmental Protection Agency,”  “Administrative Procedures Act;” and “Bowers v. Hardwick;” in David Schultz, ed., Encyclopedia of American Law.  New York: Facts on File (2002).

 

Swanson, Rick A. Double book review of Courtiers of the Marble Palace: The Rise and Influence of the Supreme Court Law Clerk, by Todd Peppers, and Sorcerer’s Apprentices: 100 Years of Law Clerks at the United States Supreme Court, by Artemus Ward and David Weiden, reviewed for Judicature. 90 Judicature 137-138 No. 3, November/December (2006). 

 

Swanson, Rick A. Book review of The Louisiana Civilian Experience: Critiques of Codification in a Mixed Jurisdiction, by Vernon Valentine Palmer. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, reviewed for Law and Courts section of American Political Science Association, Vol. 15 No.6 (June 2005), pp.504-506. Electronically published on the “Law and Politics Book Review” website at: http://www.bsos.umd.edu/gvpt/lpbr/subpages/reviews/palmer605.htm

 

Swanson, Rick A.  Book review of A Revolution in Favor of Government: Origins of the U.S. Constitution and the Making of the American State. by Max M. Edling, reviewed for the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association, Vol. 14, No. 3 (March 2004), electronically published on the “Law and Politics Book Review” website at: http://www.bsos.umd.edu/gvpt/lpbr/subpages/reviews/Edling304.htm

 

Swanson, Rick A. Book review of  The Free and Open Press: The Founding of Democratic Press Liberty, 1640-1800, by Robert W.T. Martin for the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association, Vol. 12, No. 2 (Feb. 2002), pp. 79-83, electronically published on the “Law and Politics Book Review” website at: http://www.bsos.umd.edu/gvpt/lpbr/subpages/reviews/martinrowt.htm

 

Swanson, Rick A. “Time for a Change:  Analyzing Graduation Invocations and Benedictions Under Religiously Neutral Principles of the Public Forum." University of Memphis Law Review 26:1405-44 (1996).

 

Swanson, Rick A. and Albert Melone, “The Partisan Factor and Judicial Behavior in the Illinois Supreme Court.” Southern Illinois University Law Journal 19:303-32 (1995).

 

Swanson, Rick A. “The Constitutionality of Garb Laws in the Context of the Public High  School.” The Journal of Law and Education 23:549-69 (1994).

 

Swanson, Rick A.  “Regaining Lost Ground: Toward a Public Forum Doctrine Under the Illinois Constitution.Southern Illinois University Law Journal 18:453-80 (1994).

 

Works In Progress

 

“The Gated Community:  Social Death in Prison” (with Stephanie Etie)

 

“The Clash of Ideals: Madisonian versus Jacksonian Democratic Theory in State Court Systems”

 

“Oral Argument on State Supreme Courts”

 

“A Conversation between Law and Politics Regarding State Court Administrative Oversight”

 

“Justice Captured: Reconceptualizing Interest Group Influence on Courts” (with Neal Woods)

 

United States Supreme Court Opinion Lengths”

 

Conference Papers and Participation

 

“Judicial Roles in State High Courts:  The Judges’ Perspectives,” 2008 Southern Political Science

        Association annual conference, New Orleans, Louisiana

 

“The Gated Community: Social Death in Prison” (with Stephanie Etie). Presented at the 2004 Louisiana Political Science Association Annual Conference, Alexandria, Louisiana.

 

Small Group Dynamics, Norms of Consensus, and Unanimity on State Supreme Courts:  Results from Judicial Interviews.” Presented at the 2003 Southwest Social Science Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas.

 

Tentative Reflections on the Judge-Clerk Relationship Using Principal-Agent Theory.” Presented at the 2002 Southwest Social Science Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

Panel Discussant: Panel on “Supreme Court Decision-Making,” 2002 Southwest Social  Science Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

The Relationship between Specific and Diffuse Support for the United States Supreme Court.” Presented at the 2001 Southern Political Science Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

 

“90-Day Wonders: Evidence for “Value-Based Regeneration” of Public Support for the Supreme Court” Presented at the 2001 Southern Political Science Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Panel Discussant: Potpourri Panel, 2001 Kentucky Political Science Association Annual Conference, Highland Heights, Kentucky.

 

“Interest Group Influence on State Supreme Courts” (with Neal Woods). Presented at the 2000 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

 

Panel Discussant: Panel on “Teaching Political Science,” 2000 Kentucky Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Danville, Kentucky.

 

“Judicial Oversight of the Bureaucracy in the American States.” Presented at the 2000 Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

 

“State Supreme Court Oversight of State Administrative Agencies.”  Presented at the 1999 Southern Political Science Association Annual Conference, Savannah, GA.

 

Conference Participant: University of Kentucky Graduate Student Representative to the 1999 Annual Conference of the National Preparing Future Faculty Program, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 

Supporting its Legitimacy: Opinion Lengths of United States Supreme Court Opinions,” 1998 Midwest Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

 

A Brief Collection of Original Games and Simulations for Use in the Introductory Political Science Classroom,” 1998 Southern Political Science Association Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Panel Chair: Panel on "Law, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights," 1998 Kentucky Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Louisville, Kentucky.

 

Teaching Experience

 

                University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Department of Political Science 2001-current

Solo Instructor:            POLS 490 Civil Rights Law (Co-listed as HONR 485 Honors Topics)

                                        POLS 482 Civil Liberties (Co-listed as HONR 485 Honors Topics)

                                        POLS 387 Constitutional Law (Co-listed as HONR 385 Honors Topics)

                                        POLS 382 Law and Judicial Process (Co-listed as HONR 385 Honors Topics )

                                        POLS 395 Research Methods

                                        POLS 305 Special Topics: Presidential Power

                                        POLS 305 Special Topics: Native American Law

                                        POLS 305 Special Topics: Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics

                                        POLS 305 Special Topics: Local Government Law

                                        POLS 305 Special Topics: Administrative Law

                                        POLS 305 Special Topics: Dystopia and Human Nature in Film

                                        POLS 305 Special Topics: Statutory Civil Rights

                                        POLS 110 American National Government

                                        POLS 111 Honors American National Government

Co-Taught:                    POLS 390 Special Topics: Religion and Politics (co-taught with Pearson Cross)

 

University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Humanities Program 2005-2011

Solo Instructor: HUMN 400 Humanities Topics: Spiritual Struggle in Literature and Popular Film

        (Cross-listed with HONR 387 Honors Topics)

Co-Taught: HUMN 200 Humanities Topics: Philosophy of Love and Friendship (co-taught with

        Griff Blakewood);

Co-Taught: HUMN 200 Humanities Topics: Human Flourishing (co-taught with Griff Blakewood)

 

University of Louisiana t Lafayette, Office of First-Year Experience 2012-2013

        Solo Instructor:  UNIV 100 Cajun Connection [College Success]

 

University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Honors Program, 2008-2009, 2012

        Solo Instructor:  HONR 110/210/310/410 Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Honors Seminar

 

                University of Kentucky, Department of Political Science 1996-2001

Solo Instructor:  Civil Liberties, Constitutional Law, Political Behavior, State and Local Government, American Government

Teaching Assistant: American Government

 

Lexington Community College (Lexington, Kentucky) 2000

Solo Instructor:  American Government

 

Non-Teaching Professional Employment

 

Law Clerk to Justice James A. Knecht of the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District. 1994-1996.

Bloomington, Illinois. Recommended case outcomes and drafted court opinions.

 

Graduate Assistant, University of Kentucky Teaching and Learning Center, 1999-2000.

Lexington, Kentucky.  Assisted in administrative duties.

 

Graduate Assistant to Professor Norman Vieira, Southern Illinois University School of Law, 1992-1994. Carbondale, Illinois.  Researched and wrote in the area of Constitutional Law.

 

Graduate Assistant to Academic Computing Department, Eastern Illinois University, 1990-1991. Charleston, Illinois.  Programmed SPSSX files for faculty research data analyses.

 

Select Professional Service

 

University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Department of Political Science:

Pre-Law Advisor and Pre-Law Program Coordinator, 2001-date

Curriculum Committee, 2001-date

Student Relations and Publicity Committee,

2006-date Faculty Development Committee, 2001-date

Webmaster and Web Liaison, 2001-2005; 2007-date

Student Scholarships & Awards Committee, 2001-2006

        Co-advisor to Political Science Film Series, 2007-2009

 

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Member, UL MOOC Task Force, 2013-14

Member, UL Office of First Year Experience Search Committee, 2013

Member, Dean of Liberal Arts Search Committee, 2011-2012

Faculty Advisor to University of Louisiana-Lafayette Law Club, 2001-date

Faculty Advisor to Secular Student Alliance, 2012-2013

Faculty Advisor to UL-ACLU, 2007-2008

Faculty Advisor to UL Student Government Association Judicial Branch, 2012

Faculty Advisor to UL College Libertarians, 2007-2008

Faculty Advisor to University of Louisiana-Lafayette National Mock Trial Team, 2001

Faculty Advisor to Honors Program Film Series, 2006-2007

Faculty Co-Advisor to Politics Film Series, Fall 2007-2009

UL-Lafayette High School Preview Day Representative, 2002-2007

Sole Faculty Advisor to Liberated Institute for Free Thought student organization, 2006-2008

        College of Liberal Arts Diversity Committee, 2006-2008

        UL-Lafayette Religious Activities Committee, 2007-2010

 

University of Kentucky

Board of Advisors, University of Kentucky Teaching and Learning Center, 2000

 

Select Community Service

 

                · Regular media appearances as guest speaker/interviewee, including with KATC-TV 3, KLFY-TV 10, Acadiana Open Channel, The Advertiser, The Advocate, the Vermillion, KRVS radio, and Louisiana Live (syndicated radio show).

                · Worked extensively in 2007 with local grassroots organization Save the Horse Farm, to

                 preserve a large tract of undeveloped public property as permanent natural urban greenspace

                · Performed approximately 50 hours of service staffing local Red Cross information desk at the Cajundome evacuee shelter for victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Sept. 5 - Oct. 5 2005.

· Regular guest presentations at public issue forums sponsored by UL Philosophy Club

· Regular guest presentations to UL-Lafayette Law Club

· Occasional guest presentations to local civic and community organizations.

· Frequent appearances as guest judge for regional junior-high school social science fair.

 

Honors and Awards

 

Anthony Moroux/BORSF Endowed Professorship in Political Science, 2008-date

University of Louisiana-Lafayette Summer Research Fellowship ($4800.00) Summer, 2002.

UL-Lafayette Beacon Club Outstanding Professor Award, 2004.

Malcom E. Jewell Award for Outstanding Political Science Graduate Student, U. Kentucky Spring 2001.

S. Sydney Ulmer Award for Best Paper by a Political Science Graduate Student, U. Kentucky, Spring 2001.

S. Sydney Ulmer American Politics Award, U. Kentucky Department of Political Science, Fall 1999.

University of Kentucky Department of Political Science Graduate Fellowship, Spring 1999.

Various offices in the University of Kentucky Political Science Graduate Student Association, 1996-2000.

Southern Illinois University Law Journal Casenote and Comment Editor, 1993-94.

Southern Illinois University Law Journal, Best Casenote and Comment Editor Award, 1994.

Southern Illinois University Law Journal, Staff Member (by Invitation) 1992-93.

Southern Illinois University School of Law, National Environmental Moot Court Team, 1992-94.

National Environmental Moot Court Team, member of National Semi-Finalist Team, 1994.

National Environmental Moot Court Team, member of National Quarter-Finalist Team, 1993.

Deans List, Southern Illinois School of Law, 1992-1994.

Illinois Bar Foundation Scholarship, 1992-1993.

 Southern Illinois University School of Law, Deans Club Scholarship, 1992-93.

American Jurisprudence Award (Top Grade in First-Year Law School Class) for six Courses, 1992.