Jordan Cash

Jordan Cash
Lecturer, Director of Zavala Program
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Ph.D., Political Science, Baylor University2019

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

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


Jordan Cash is a Lecturer in the Political Science Department and the Director of the Zavala Program for Constitutional Studies. He studies American institutions, constitutional law, political theory, and race and ethnic politics. His current book project, which is under contract with Oxford University Press, examines how presidents who were isolated from other institutions used their constitutional authority to achieve their policy goals, providing a clearer view of the office’s constitutional logic and baseline of authority. He is also working on a book on presidential decision-making in the annexation of Texas which is under contract with the University Press of Kansas, and an edited volume of original congressional debates under contract with Hackett Publishing. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Polity, American Political Thought, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Law and History Review, Congress and the Presidency, Journal of Transatlantic Studies, and Laws. He has also published chapters in several edited volumes, as well as book reviews and encyclopedia entries. He received his B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Baylor University. From 2018-2020 he was a fellow in the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy at the University of Virginia.


Courses Taught
PSC 5396 Teaching Political Science

PSC 5391 African American Political Thought

PSC 4320 African American Politics

PSC 3330 The American Presidency

PSC 3310 Legislative Process and Behavior

PSC 2302 American Constitutional Development

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

PSC 1305 American National Government


Selected Publications

“‘A Purer Form of Government;: African American Constitutionalism in the Founding of Liberia.” Journal of Transatlantic Studies 19, no. 4 (December 2021): 408-440.

“‘The Voice of America’: Conflicts between the President and Speaker of the House on Setting the Foreign Policy Agenda.” Polity 53, no. 4 (October 2021): 666-690.

“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.

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