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Department of Political Science
Baylor University
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Waco, Texas 76798

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James Curry

Bob Bullock Professor of Public Policy & Administration
Director of Washington Internship Program

B.A., Tarkio College
M.A., University of Kansas
Ph.D., University of Kansas

James Curry teaches American constitutional development, criminal justice, public administration, and law and public policy. His textbook, Constitutional Government: The American Experience (co-authored with Richard Battistoni), is currently in its ninth edition.

During his tenure at Baylor, Professor Curry has been the recipient of Baylor's Outstanding Tenured Faculty Award presented at commencement, and he has been recognized on several occasions by Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board for excellence in teaching. The 81st Texas Legislature formally recognized Dr. Curry's work with interns in 2009.

Courses at Baylor:

PSC 3321 Criminal Law

PSC 3302 Criminal Justice and Community Law Enforcement:
Examination of the criminal justice system, law enforcement, police, courts, and the corrections system from the perspective of law enforcement personnel, alleged offenders, and victims of crime.

PSC 3312 Principles of Public Administration:
An introduction to the principles of organization, personnel relations, and popular control of public administration in the United States. Emphasis will be placed on the practices of the national administration; comparisons will be made with the practices of England, France, and the American states.

PSC 3392 Washington Internship:
Research and seminars which will usually include attendance at a seminar held in Washington. Also required is regularly scheduled fieldwork in a governmental or not-for-profit agency located in Washington.

PSC 3398 Bob Bullock Internship:
Selection as a Bullock Scholar Fieldwork and research in the Texas Legislature or Executive Branch as part of the Bob Bullock Scholars Program.

Selected Publications:

Constitutional Government: The American Experience, 9th edition, with Richard Battistoni, (Dubuque: Kendall-Hunt), 2013.

The American Constitutional Experience: Selected Readings and Supreme Court Opinions, 3rd edition, with Richard Battistoni and John Blakeman, eds. (Dubuque: Kendall-Hunt), 2012.

"Sex Crime Reform in Texas: A Legislative Review, 1999-2003," Criminal Law Bulletin, Volume 41, No. 4 (2005).

"Dermatology and the Americans With Disabilities Act: A Review of the Case Law," co-authored with Mary L. Curry, M.D., and Clay J. Cockerell, M.D. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 47:6, December 2002, 926-29.