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Del Dickson, PhD

Dr. Dickson has been at USD since 1987. He earned his BA at Humboldt State, his JD at UCLA, and his PhD at USC. He clerked for Chief Justice Robert Gardner of the California Court of Appeal, and was an associate at the law firm of Sherman and Howard in Denver.

Dr. Dickson especially enjoys teaching Introduction to Political Science, Constitutional Law, and Judicial Behavior. He is a former department chair, and has been the undergraduate pre-law advisor for 26 years. He has been the faculty director of the Honors Living Learning Community for the past three years.

His first book, The Supreme Court in Conference 1940-1985 (Oxford University Press), won the Association of American Publishers award as the best book in Government and Political Science in 2001. His other works include, "State Court Defiance and the Limits of Supreme Court Authority, Williams v. Georgia Revisited," (Yale Law Journal 1994), and "The Selection and Appointment of Magistrates in England and Wales," (University of Toledo Law Review 1992).

His new book, The People's Government: A Brief Introduction to Democracy, will be published in 2014 by Cambridge University Press.