Jordan Cash


Ph.D., Political Science, Baylor University2019

M.A., Political Science, Baylor University, 2016

B.A., History and Political Science, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2011


Jordan’s teaching and research sits at the intersection of American political thought and constitutionalism. He examines how the constitutional structure of American political institutions affects the authority and behavior of individuals operating within those institutions. He has published widely in such journals as Polity, American Political Thought, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Laws, Congress and the Presidency, Journal of Transatlantic Studies, Congress and Presidency, and Law and History Review, and chapters in several edited volumes. His book, The Isolated Presidency, is under contract with Oxford University Press, and Adding the Lone Star State: Presidential Decision-Making in the Annexation of Texas, with the University Press of Kansas.
Prior to coming to James Madison College, Jordan was a lecturer at Baylor University, a member of the Graduate Faculty, and the founder and director of the Zavala Program for Constitutional Studies. He was also a post-doctoral research fellow in the Program on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Virginia. He received his BA in history and political science, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Courses Taught
PSC 4320 African American Politics

PSC 3330 The American Presidency

PSC 2302 American Constitutional Development

PSC 1387 The U.S. Constitution, Its Interpretation, and the American Political Experience


Selected Publications

“‘The Voice of America’: Conflicts between the President and Speaker of the House on Setting the Foreign Policy Agenda.” Polity (Forthcoming).

“George Sutherland and the Contextualization of Executive Power.” American Political Thought 9, no. 1 (Winter 2020: 50-84.

“George Mason and the Ambiguity of Executive Power.” Presidential Studies Quarterly 48, no. 4 (December 2018): 741-767.

“Donald Trump and Institutional Change Strategies.” Laws 7, no. 3 (July 2018): 1-21 (with Dave Bridge).

“The Isolated Presidency: John Tyler and Unilateral Presidential Power.” American Political Thought 7, no. 1 (Winter 2018): 26-56.

“The Court and the Old Dominion: Judicial Review Among the Virginia Jeffersonians.” Law and History Review 35, no. 2 (May 2017): 351-390.

Department of Political Science

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