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Kathleen Sullivan

Dr. Kathleen Sullivan

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Director

Political Science
233 Bentley Annex


Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin, 2002

Research Areas

  • Public Law
  • American Political Development

Courses Taught

  • POLS 2200 The Politics of Law
  • POLS 4010 American Constitutional Law
  • POLS 4050 Civil Liberties
  • POLS 4901: Special Topics in American Politics: Utopian Communities: Constituting the Good Life
  • LJC 2000: Core Course in Law, Justice & Culture

Ohio University Affiliations

Center for Law, Justice, & Culture

CAS Theme: Making & Breaking the Law, Co-Organizer

About Dr. Sullivan

Kathleen Sullivan is the author of Constitutional Contest: Women and Rights Discourse in Nineteenth-Century America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007). She has publications in Studies in American Political Development, in Race and American Political Development Lowndes et al., ed.  (Routledge, 2008), and in Feminist Interpretations of Tocqueville, Locke and Bunting, ed.  (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2009).

With Patricia Strach, she addressed the use of family in governance, which won the Pi Sigma Alpha Award from the Western Political Science Association and is available in Political Research Quarterly. Their co-authored work has also appeared in The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion ed. Ericson (Routledge, 2011) and Doing Archival Research in Political Science Frisch et al., ed. (Cambria, 2012). Strach and Sullivan are currently engaged in a long-term project on municipal garbage collection practices in the Progressive Era. With Carol Nackenoff, she is researching the establishment of juvenile courts in the Progressive Era. Both of these studies appear in Statebuilding at the Margins, Nackenoff and Novkov, ed.  (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014).

Dr. Sullivan 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.

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