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
Curt Nichols specializes in American politics, with an interest in both political institutions and political development. His current book-length research project is located at this intersection. It focuses on the U.S. Constitution as mainspring of the American governing cycle, a phenomenon which provides periodic opportunities for presidents to exercise rejuvenating leadership. The study highlights the importance of both structuring institutions and well-directed agency. It further explores the promise and pitfalls of politics in the American constitutional order, and helps locate today’s politics within the recurrent tides of the governing cycle. He will be on research leave at the University of Missouri, Columbia where he will join the Forum on Constitutional Democracy as a 2014-2015 Kinder Research Fellow.
Courses at Baylor