Bentley Hall with Annex

Faculty & Staff Profile 

Kathleen Sullivan 
Associate Professor, Undergraduate Director

233 Bentley Annex

Kathleen Sullivan teaches American National Government, The Politics of Law, Constitutional Law, Constitutional Politics, Civil Liberties, and American Political Thought.

Dr. Sullivan teaches in the MSS program and through the Center for Civic Education, has served as both a summer institute lecturer and a judge in the high school We the People competitions held at the Ohio Statehouse. She has received a Distinguished Mentor award from the Honors Tutorial College.

Dr. Sullivan is the Pre-Law Advisor for the Political Science department. She welcomes political science majors to visit her at any time in their college career--whether that student is in his/her first year considering what course to take or what activities to get involved in, or in his/her senior year, assembling a law school application. Be sure to visit the Pre-Law website for more information and news about pre-law events in the Political Science department and across campus.

Her research interests include constitutional interpretation and american political development. Her book, Constitutional Contest: 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. Dr. Sullivan's current research interest 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 ninetheenth 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.

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.

Dr. Sullivan will be on leave fall semester 2012-13