Assistant Professor of Political Science
B.S., The United States Military Academy at West Point
M.A., Georgia State University
Ph.D., University of Texas
Curt Nichols studies American political institutions, political and constitutional development, party systems, the presidency, judicial politics, qualitative methods, politics and the military.
Professor Nichols comes to Baylor from the University of Texas, where he completed the dissertation, The Governing Cycle and the Dynamics of New Majority Formation, which traces the origins of cycles in American political development back to constitutional structure and explores the tasks that leaders have to succeed in performing in order to overcome the high entropy conditions that the American political system is periodically prone to encountering.
Courses at Baylor:
"Military Family Attitudes towards Civilian Leaders in the United States," with David Leal, Armed Forces and Society, Vol. 39, No. 1 (2013): 53-77.
"The Presidential Rankings Game: Critical Review and Some New Discoveries," Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 42, No. 2 (2012): 275-299.Review of Designing a Polity: America's Constitution in Theory and Practice by James W. Ceaser, American Political Thought, Vol. 1, No. 2 (2012): 340-343.
"The Presidency and the Political Order: In Context," Polity, Vol. 43, No. 4 (2011): 513-532.
"Exploiting the Opportunity for Reconstructive Leadership: Presidential Responses to Enervated Political Regimes," with Adam S. Myers, American Politics Research, Vol. 38, No. 5 (2010): 806-841.
"Latino Veterans and Income: Are there Gains from Military Service," with David L. Leal and Jeremy Teigen in Latino's and the Economy: Integration and Impact in Schools, Labor Markets and Beyond, eds. David L. Leal and Stephen J. Trejo. (2010). New York: Springer: 193-212.
"Reconsidering Realignment from a Systemic Perspective," Clio, Vol. 19, No. 2 (2009): 50-53.