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Lynda Dodd

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Lynda Dodd

Joseph H. Flom Professor of Legal Studies

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Lynda Dodd is the Joseph H. Flom Professor of Legal Studies in the Department of Political Science and the Skadden, Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies

Her teaching and research focus on American political and constitutional development, constitutional law and theory, jurisprudence, and civil rights litigation. She graduated from Yale Law School in 2000 and completed a Ph.D. in Politics at Princeton University in 2004. She has previously worked as a litigation associate in the D.C. office of the law firm Sidley Austin, and at the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law. She has taught political science courses to undergraduate students at a number of universities and colleges including Princeton, Yale, and Wellesley, and from 2005-2010 she was a member of the law faculty at American University's Washington College of Law, where she taught constitutional law and torts, as well as seminars in jurisprudence, constitutional theory, and civil rights litigation.

In 2010, she became the Joseph H. Flom Professor in the Skadden, Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies. Since joining the program, she has designed and taught a series of honors seminars on civil liberties, jurisprudence, constitutional history, and advanced legal analysis. In the spring of 2011, she was honored with an outstanding faculty award by the City College Undergraduate Student Government for her service and teaching.

Her book project, Taming the Rights Revolution: The Supreme Court, Constitutional Torts, and the Elusive Quest for Accountability, examines the political and legal debates regarding civil rights litigation under Section 1983, from its origins in the Civil Rights Act of 1871 to the Roberts Court era.

She has begun research for a second book project on women and constitutional citizenship in twentieth-century America. For this project she has published scholarship analyzing the campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment and has joined the Women Writing Women's Lives Seminar sponsored by the CUNY Graduate Center.


Ph.D., Politics, Princeton University 2004

J.D., Yale Law School 2000

Courses Taught

Skadden Honors Seminar: Jurisprudence

Skadden Honors Seminar: American Constitutional Development

Skadden Honors Seminar: Advanced Legal Analysis


The Rhetoric of Gender Upheaval in the Campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment," 93 Boston U. L.R. 709 (2013).

"Sisterhood of Struggle: Leadership and Tactics in the Campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment," in Feminist Legal History (Tracy A. Thomas & Tracey Jean Boisseau eds., New York University Press, 2011).

"Presidential Leadership and Civil Rights Lawyering in the Era Before Brown," 85 Ind. L.J. 1599 (2010). 

"Parades, Pickets, and Prison: Alice Paul and the Virtues of Unruly Constitutional Citizenship," 24 J. Law & Pol. 339 (2008).

"DeShaney v. Winnebago County: Governmental Neglect and the 'Blessings of Liberty'," in Civil Rights Stories (Myriam Gilles & Risa Goluboff eds., Foundation Press, 2007).

"Implementing the Rule of Law: The Role of Citizen-Plaintiffs," in The Good Society: A PEGS Journal (Fall 2004).

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