Bentley Hall with Annex

Faculty & Staff Profile 

Kimberley Fletcher 
Visiting Assistant Professor

209 Bentley Annex

Kimberley Fletcher joined the Department of Political Science at Ohio University in January 2013. She came here after spending 2 years as an adjunct professor at the University at Albany, SUNY. Her research and teaching interests include public law, American presidency, American political development and policy and implementation. Her scholarship in the filed of public law considers the intersection of legal studies and American political development. Specifically she examines the institutional aspects of law in the area of foreign affairs through developmental and historical lenses to help understand law as a political phenomenon. Reconceptualizing judges as legal actors institutionally bounded and historically contextualized she demonstrates that the traditional stories of doctrinal development are not one-dimensional. In fact, legal decision-making and legal change in foreign affairs is complex and through this kind of analysis, her research lends a new perspective on how legal regimes do not map political regimes quite so nicely, how legal time intersects with political time, and the dynamic relationship that exists between law and power. Ultimately, she is particularly interested in the way the mutual construction process constrains legal decision-making and how law defines and redefines the constitutional order with-in which the executive makes decisions in foreign affairs.

She has an article forthcoming in the Maryland Law Review titled: The Court Gives the Executive More than a Helping Hand in Wielding a Strong Arm in Foreign Affairs Policymaking (2013). She has also published three book reviews: 2013 Book Review. Griffin, Stephen. Long Wars and the Constitution. Law and Politics Book Review (2013);Radin, Margaret Jane. Boilerplate: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights, and the Rule of Law. Law and Politics Book Review (2013); and Sarat, Austin and Jennifer L. Culbert (eds). States of Violence: War, Capital Punishment, and Letting Die. Law and Politics Book Review (2010). Her dissertation is titled: Overseeing Politics, Authority, and Unilateral Presidential Power: The Court’s Dynamic Role in Constitutional and Political Development in Foreign Affairs.

Dr. Fletcher is a member of a number of professional associations, including the American Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, Western Political Science Association and Law and Society. She also teaches a weeks long seminar in New York each summer for Empire Girls State for the American Legion Auxiliary. She has also been an external reviewer for the National Science Foundation (NSF), Political Science section and New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture.

·      Ph.D. at University at Albany, SUNY (December 2013).
·      M.A. at Idaho State University (2005)
·      B.S. at Idaho State University (2004)

Research Interests:
·      Law and Society
·      Constitutional Law and Foreign Policy
·      Presidency
·      American political development
Courses Recently Taught:
·      POLS 2200: Politics of Law
·      POLS 4040/4050: Constitutional Law–Civil Liberties
·      POLS 4902/5902: Special Topics in Law and Politics – Constitutional Crisis: Presidential Power

 Course being Taught 2013-2014:
·      POLS 4010/5010: Constitutional Law
·      POLS 2200: Politics of Law
·      POLS 4902/5902: Special Topics in Law and Politics – Judicial Process
·      POLS 4704: Legal Theory and Social Change