Justin Crowe

Associate Professor of Political Science, Chair of Leadership Studies Program
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413-597-2418
Schapiro Hall Rm 229
At Williams since 2009

Education

B.A. Williams College (2003)
M.A. Princeton University, Political Science (2005)
Ph.D. Princeton University, Political Science (2007)

Areas of Expertise

My research interests include the Supreme Court, constitutional law and theory, American political and constitutional development, American political thought and culture, and American political institutions. More specifically, most of my work has focused on the role of the Constitution and the Supreme Court in American political development, with published articles on the augmentation of judicial authority during the 1920s, historical trends in the tenure of Supreme Court justices, and the appointment politics of the antebellum Supreme Court. My book, Building the Judiciary: Law, Courts, and the Politics of Institutional Development (Princeton University Press, 2012), examines the causes and consequences of institutional development of the federal judiciary — especially, but not exclusively, the Supreme Court — from the Founding to the present. I am currently at work on projects about vice regulation in the Progressive era Supreme Court and constitutional amendments as agents of political change.

Courses

Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

PSCI 201(F)

Power, Politics, and Democracy in America

PSCI 216 / LEAD 216(F)

American Constitutionalism I: Structures of Power

PSCI 217 / LEAD 217(S)

American Constitutionalism II: Rights and Liberties

PSCI 292

Threats to the Republic: Politics in Post-Obama America

PSCI 309 / LEAD 309

Problems and Progress in American Democracy

PSCI 312 T / LEAD 312(S)

American Political Thought

PSCI 410

Senior Seminar in American Politics: Civic Education in America

Course Syllabi

PSCI 201 – Power, Politics, and Democracy in America

PSCI 216 – American Constitutionalism I: Structures of Power

PSCI 217 – American Constitutionalism II: Rights and Liberties

PSCI 291T – American Political Events

PSCI 309 – Problems and Progress in American Democracy

PSCI 312T – American Political Thought

PSCI 410 – Senior Seminar in American Politics: Civic Education in America

 

Selected Publications

Building the Judiciary: Law, Courts, and the Politics of Institutional Development (Princeton University Press, 2012).

“Westward Expansion, Preappointment Politics, and the Making of the Southern Slaveholding Supreme Court, Studies in American Political Development 24:1 (April 2010): 90-120.

“Where Have You Gone, Sherman Minton? The Decline of the Short-Term Supreme Court Justice,” with Christopher F. Karpowitz, Perspectives on Politics 5:3 (September 2007): 425-445.

“The Forging of Judicial Autonomy: Political Entrepreneurship and the Reforms of William Howard Taft,Journal of Politics 69:1 (February 2007): 73-87.

Current Committees

  • Faculty Review Panel
  • Justice and Law Studies
  • Leadership Studies Program, Chair
  • Lecture Committee, Chair