347 Schaeffer Hall
Fall 2021 Office Hours
Tue & Th: 4:45-6:15
Dept of Political Science
341 Schaeffer Hall
20 E. Washington Street
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
Posted updated Prelaw FAQ for UI students
Posted Spring 2021 course evaluations
Posted a new book in What I'm Reading
Posted updates with 2020 data for Iowa Voting Series papers 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 11
Posted updates with 2020 data for Iowa Voting Series papers 2, 3, and 4
Posted update with 2020 data for Iowa Voting Series Paper 1 (registration statistics)
Posted update with 2020 data for Iowa Voting Series Paper 10 (absentee days)
Published updated and expanded edition of Prelaw Advisor in paperback and for Kindle readers
New book, Riding the Caucus Rollercoaster 2020, published in paperback and for Kindle readers.
New book, Supreme Court Agenda Setting: The Vinson Court, published for Kindle devices and computers with Kindle reader.
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Below are links to the books that I require and recommend for POLI:3101 American Constitutional Law and Politics. The links are to the most recent editions on Amazon.com, but other editions or versions may be available there or from other places. I will provide more details on the books in class.
The main readings for this course are contained in two coursepacks available on ICON. The two required books listed here are primarily for references purposes. A law dictionary will be essential for the course. I require Strunk and White because of the emphasis on writing style for the paper assignment.
In addition to the two required books there are two recommended books. I didn't specifically order these through Iowa Book or the Hawk Shop, but are on reserve at the main library. The Alderman and Kennedy book is mainly to provide some interesting background on some of the cases. The van Geel book is important for one particular chapter on how to read a Supreme Court opinion. Previous editions of van Geel's book would be acceptable. The one important chapter hasn't changed much from one edition to the next, so older editions are just as useful for course purposes (and likely much cheaper). Amazon doesn't list the older editions as I write this, but you might be able to find them elsewhere. (The widget below for the law dictionary is to the older 6th edtion. That edition is fine too, but I'll update the link later.)