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Del Dickson

Pre-Law Advisor, Living Learning Communities Faculty Director: Honors

Delavan Dickson, JD., PhD, has taught at USD since 1987 in the department of Political Science and International Relations.  He teaches Introduction to Political Science and a variety of upper division law courses, including Constitutional Law, Judicial Behavior, Comparative Law, and International Law.  His research focuses on the U.S. Supreme Court, justice in common law countries, lay justice, and the relationship between law and democracy.


Dr. Dickson earned his law degree from UCLA and his Ph.D from USC.

Scholarly and Creative Work

His publications include: The Supreme Court in Conference (1940-1985) (Oxford University Press, 2001). National Award Winner, "Best Book in Government and Political Science," Association of American Publishers. "State Court Defiance and the Limits of Supreme Court Authority: Williams v. GeorgiaRevisited," 103 Yale Law Journal 1423 (1994). "The Selection and Appointment of Magistrates in England and Wales," 23 University of Toledo Law Review 697 (1992). This article was republished with some modifications in both English and Spanish in the Comparative Juridical Review, (1993) (Translated into Spanish by Josefina Perez Espino).