Ph.D., University of Virginia
M.A., Northern Illinois University
B.A., Wake Forest University
David Nichols studies American politics, especially constitutional law, the presidency, and separation of powers theory; politics & literature; and politics & film.
Professor Nichols comes to Baylor from Montclair State University, where he taught Political Science and directed the University Honors Program; he has also taught at Fordham Univeristy, the University of Virginia, and Catholic University. He has twice served terms as a Program Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Research and Programs.
Courses at BaylorPSC 2302 American Constitutional Development:
The Myth of the Modern Presidency (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1994), Arabic translation published 2002
Readings in American Government, 8th ed. (Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 2010)
"Constitutional Controversy and Presidential Election: Bush v. Gore" in The Constitutional Presidency, Joseph M. Bessette and Jeffrey K. Tulis, eds. (John Hopkins Press, 2009)
"John Ford's Revolutionary Americans" in Print the Legend: Politics, Culture, and Civic Virtue in the Films of John Ford, Sidney Pearson, ed. (Lexington Books, 2009)
"The Framers of the Constitution Would Approve of the Modern Presidency" in Debating the Presidency, Richard Ellis and Michael Nelson, eds. (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2006)