Curt Nichols

Curt Nichols
Associate Professor
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Associate Professor of Political Science

Ph.D., University of Texas
M.A., Georgia State University
B.S., The United States Military Academy at West Point

Curriculum Vitae

Curt Nichols' scholarship focuses on Executive / Presidential Politics and Politics and History. He was research fellow with the Kinder Institute of Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri 2014-2015. His current duty as Director and Instructor for the Baylor in Barbados study abroad summer program (Jun 2 - July 7th 2020) has him expanding his teaching interests into the comparative realm.

Baylor in Barbados


Courses at Baylor

PSC 2302 American Constitutional Development

PSC 3314 Politics and Problems of the Developing World

PSC 3330 The American Presidency

PSC 4350 Political Parties

4v94 Comparative Political Parties

4v94 Politics and Government of the Caribbean

PSC 5321 Seminar in Public Law: Judicial Politics

PSC 5330 American Political Development


Selected Publications

"Congressional Attacks on the Supreme Court: A Mechanism to Maintain, Build, and Consolidate," Law and Social Inquiry. Vol. 41 No 1(2016): 100-125.

"Executive Behavior and the Influence of Religious Factors: Evidence from Gubernatorial State of the State Addresses, 2000-2013," Politics, Groups, and Identities. Vol. 41 No 1: 47-62, (2016).

"Reagan Reorders the Political Regime: A Historical-Institutional Approach to Analysis of Change,"Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 45, No 4 (2015): 703-726.

"Public Opinion and the Military: A Multivariate Exploration of Attitudes in Texas," Politics and Military Sociology: An Annual Review. Vol 43, No 1 (2015): 75-105.

"Modern Reconstructive Presidential Leadership: Reordering Institutions in a Constrained Environment," The Forum: A Journal of Applied Politics in Contemporary Society. Vol. 12, No 2 (2014): 281-304.

"Court-Curbing via Attempt to Amend the Constitution: An Update of Congressional Attacks on the Supreme Court from 1955–1984", with David Bridge and Adam Carrington Justice System Journal , Vol. 35, No. 4 (2014): 331-343.

"Military Family Attitudes toward Senior Civilian Leaders in the United States,"Armed Forces & Society, Vol. 39 No. 1 (2012): 53-57.

"The Presidential Rankings Game: Critical Review and Some New Discoveries,"Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 42, No. 2 (2012): 275-299.

"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.

Department of Political Science

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