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Del Dickson, PhD, JD

Pre-Law Advisor

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.


Ph.D., University of Southern California
J.D., University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., University of Southern California
University of Madrid (Complutense)
B.A., Humboldt State University

Scholarly and Creative Work

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. Georgia Revisited," 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).

“Give Me Security or Give Me Death,” a chapter in Comparative Politics and the War on Terror (2005).

Teaching Interests

Introduction to Political Science, Constitutional Law: Federalism and Government Structures, Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties, Judicial Behavior, Comparative Law, International Law, American Politics, British Law and Politics.