Richard L. Pacelle, Jr.
Professor and Head
Phone: (865) 974-2845
Field of Study: American Government (Public Law; Judicial Politics); Research Methods
- Ph.D. Ohio State University, 1985
Professor Pacelle received his Ph.D. in political science from Ohio State University and has been a faculty member at Georgia Southern since 2003. Before coming to UTK, he taught at Georgia Southern University, Indiana University, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His teaching and research interests are in the field of American politics with a focus on public law. Pacelle is the author of five books and several articles and book chapters. His coauthored book, Decision Making by the Modern Supreme Court, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011.
Research and Teaching Interests: public law, Constitutional law, civil liberties, judicial process, judicial decision making, political litigation, American political institutions, research methods
Selected Publications: Decision Making by the Modern Supreme Court (with Brett W. Curry and Bryan W. Marshall) New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
The Supreme Court in a Separation of Powers System. New York: Routledge Press (2015).
"Dissensual Decision-Making: Revisiting the Demise of Consensual Norms within the U.S. Supreme Court" (with Marcus E. Hendershot, Mark S. Hurwitz, and Drew Noble Lanier) Political Research Quarterly (2013).
"Beyond Two Terms: Shaping the Supreme Court and a Legacy" in The Obama Presidency: Continuity and Change edited by Andrew Dowdle, Dirk C. van Raemdonck, and Robert Maranto. New York: Routledge Press, chapter 9, (2012).
"Rebuilding Institutions and Redefining Issues: The Reagan Justice Department and the Reconstruction of Civil Rights" chapter in Civil Rights, the Conservative Movement, and the Presidency edited by Kenneth Osgood and Derrick White. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, (2014).