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Artemus Ward

Artemus Ward

Professor - Department of Political Science
Faculty Associate - College of Law
405 Zulauf Hall
Northern Illinois University
1425 W Lincoln Hwy
DeKalb, IL 60115-2854

American Politics (Introductory course, American Presidential Elections, Media & Politics, Politics & Film, Politics & Popular Music), Public Law (Judicial Politics, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, Comparative Courts, Law & Film, Law & Baseball)

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Artemus Ward is Professor of Political Science at Northern Illinois University. He received his Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 1999 and worked as a staffer on the House Judiciary Committee in Washington, DC. His research focuses on the U.S. Supreme Court and has been featured on NBC Nightly News, Fox News, C-SPAN and in the New York Times, Associated Press, and the New Republic. He is a two-time, award-winner of the Hughes-Gossett Prize for historical excellence by the Supreme Court Historical Society. His books include American Judicial Process: Myth and Reality in Law and Courts (2015), The Puzzle of Unanimity: Consensus on the United States Supreme Court (2013), Sorcerers' Apprentices: 100 Years of Law Clerks at the U.S. Supreme Court (2006), and Deciding to Leave: The Politics of Retirement at the U.S. Supreme Court (2003). Art is currently teaching courses on judicial politics, mass media and American politics, American presidential elections, law and film, law and baseball, and politics and popular music. He periodically offers experiential learning courses for his students including week-long advanced seminars on American politics in Washington, D.C. and summer study abroad courses at Oriel College, Oxford University. His current research projects include a book manuscript on dissents in the U.S. Supreme Court with Pam Corley and a project on the Supreme Court and judicial minimalism with Mitch Pickerill.

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