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Dr. Matthew Brogdon is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at UTSA. His areas of specialization are Public Law and Courts, American Constitutional and Political Development, American Political Thought, and Politics and Literature.

At UTSA, Dr. Brogdon will be teaching undergraduate courses on Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties, Federal Courts, Judicial Politics, Jurisprudence, American Political Thought, and African American Political Thought as well as graduate seminars related to public law, jurisprudence, and American political thought. Prior to coming to UTSA, he also taught courses on Slavery in American Political Development, Public Policy and the Courts, Modern Political Philosophy, and the Presidency.

Dr. Brogdon earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Baylor University where he held the R.W. Morrison Fellowship for the Study of the Constitution and was named Richard D. Huff Distinguished Graduate Student. He grew up in the Florida panhandle, receiving M.A. and B.A. degrees in political science from the University of West Florida.

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Recent Courses

POL 5503  Law and Courts
POL 5203  Topics: American Political Thought
POL 4973  Constitutional Politics
LGS 4233  Federal Courts
POL 3583  Jurisprudence
POL 3333  Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties
POL 3323  Constitutional Law I: Institutions
POL 3202  African American Political Thought
POL 3133  Political Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval
POL 3113  American Political Thought
POL 1013  Intro to American Politics

Research in Progress

Dr. Brogdon’s research agenda focuses primarily on the institutional development of the federal judiciary and its relationship to the constitutional order, but also encompasses a variety of themes in constitutional law and development, American political thought, and the political dimensions of literature and film. His recent publications include,  “Constitutional Text and Institutional Development: Contesting the Madisonian Compromise in the First Congress,” “Federalist Constitutionalism and Judicial Independence” and “Defending the Union: Andrew Jackson’s Nullification Proclamation and American Federalism.”


“Anti-Federal Opposition and the Formation of Judicial Federalism” (under review) explores the contribution of the opponents of the Constitution to the eventual emergence of the system of judicial federalism as we know it. This paper is being presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the APSA in San Francisco.

“The Judges’ Bill, Discretionary Jurisdiction, and Incorporation of the Bill of Rights: An Historical and Institutional Analysis.” With the support of an INTRA Grant from the Vice President for Research, Dr. Brogdon will be completing research in 2016 for this article exploring the interplay between institutional changes in the judiciary—especially growth of the Supreme Court’s discretion over its docket—and the Court’s decision in the mid-twentieth century to embark on the process of enforcing the provisions of the Bill of Rights against the states.


Constitutional Foundations of the Modern Judiciary is a book project tracing the institutional structure of the modern judiciary, which undergirded the expansion of federal judicial power in the 20th century, to its foundations in the text and institutional rationale of the Constitution.


“Those Who Would Be Free, Themselves Must Strike the Blow: Revolt and Rhetoric in Douglass’s Heroic Slave and Melville’s Benito Cereno”

Recent Publications

Forthcoming. Constitutional Text and Institutional Development: Contesting the Madisonian Compromise in the First Congress,” American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture.

Forthcoming. “Political Jurisprudence and the Role of the Supreme Court: Framing the Judicial Power in the Federal Convention of 1787,” American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture (accepted December 2015)

Forthcoming. “Young Mr. Lincoln in Ford’s Theater,” Perspectives on Political Science (accepted February 2016)

2014. Review of The Contested Removal Power, 1789-2010, by J. David Alvis, Jeremy D. Bailey, and F. Flagg Taylor IV. Political Science Quarterly 129 (4): 738-39

2013. “Federalist Constitutionalism and Judicial Independence,” in Readings in American Government, 9th ed., ed. Mary P. Nichols and David K. Nichols (Dubuque: Kendall Hunt), 329-40.

2013. Review of Slavery in the American Republic: Developing the Federal Government, 1791-1861, by David F. Ericson. Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains 36 (3):

2011. “Defending the Union: Andrew Jackson’s Nullification Proclamation and American Federalism,” Review of Politics 73 (2): 245-73.



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