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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              Senior Sem.: Constitutional Politics

PAL 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 current projects include:


“The Institutional Determinants of Constitutional Law: Discretionary Jurisdiction and the Rights Revolution” (under review) examines 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 (in preparation) 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.


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


“The Seafaring Origins of the Federal Courts: The Federal Appellate Prize Court, Article III, and the Judiciary Act of 1789”

Recent Publications

2018. “The Formation of Judicial Federalism in the United States,” Publius: The Journal of Federalism 48 (2): in press


2018. “Young Mr. Lincoln in Ford’s Theater,” Perspectives on Political Science (published online 2016; forthcoming in print)


2017. “Political Jurisprudence and the Role of the Supreme Court: Framing the Judicial Power in the Federal Convention of 1787,” American Political Thought 6 (2):  171-200


2016. “Constitutional Text and Institutional Development: Contesting the Madisonian Compromise in the First Congress,” American Political Thought 5 (2): 219-49


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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