Kathleen Sullivan's research interests include constitutional interpretation and American political development. Her book, Constitutional Context: Women and Rights Discourse in Nineteenth-Century America (Johns Hopkins University Press), places women’s struggles to liberate themselves from the common-law doctrine of coverture into the larger development of the form of rights discourse in American politics and law. Her current research interests involve the police power; her initial findings have been published in Studies in American Political Development. She continues this line of inquiry with a study of race and the development of the police powers in the nineteenth century and a study of the role of non-state actors that the state employs in governance, co-authored with Patricia Strach at SUNY-Albany. She received her Ph.D. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, her M.A. from the University of Toronto, and her B.A. from Colgate University. She teaches The Politics of Law, Constitutional Law, Constitutional Politics, Civil Liberties, and American Political Thought.
- Ph.D. at University of Texas at Austin (2002)
- Constitutional Interpretation
- American Political Development
- Distinguished Mentor Award, Honors Tutorial College, 2006
- Pi Sigma Alpha Award, for the best paper presented at the 2007 meetings of the Western Political Science Association, 2008
COURSES RECENTLY TAUGHT
- Pols 101: American National Government
- Pols 301: The Politics of Law
- Pols 401: American Constitutional Law
- Pols 476B/576B: American Political Thought
- Pols 490T/590T: Feminist Legal Theory
- Pols 501: American Constitutional Law
- Pols 502: American Constitutional Law
- Pols 504: Civil Liberties
Sullivan, Kathleen. 2007. Constitutional Context: Women and Rights Discourse in Nineteenth Century America. Series in Constitutional Thought. Johns Hopkins University Press.
Articles & Chapters
Sullivan, Kathleen. 2009. “Toward a Generative Theory of Equality,” in Feminist Interpretations of Tocqueville. Ed. Jill Locke and Eileen Hunt Botting. Re-reading the Canon Series. Penn State Press.
Sullivan, Kathleen. 2008. “Charleston, the Vesey Conspiracy and the Development of the Police Powers,” in Race and American Political Development. Ed. Joe Lowndes, Julie Novkov, and Dorian Warren. Routledge Press.
Sullivan, Kathleen. 2006. “Marriage and Federal Police Power,” Studies in American Political Development 20: 45-56