David A. Yalof

Professor Emeritus

Political Science

Constitutional Law, Judicial Politics, the Presidency, American Government

David Alistair Yalof specializes in constitutional law, judicial politics and executive branch politics. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University in 1997, a J.D., from the University of Virginia Law School in 1991, and a B.A. with honors, from the University of Virginia in 1988.


  • David A. Yalof, George Washington and the Two-Term Precedent (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas), forthcoming.
  • Kenneth Dautrich, David A. Yalof and Christina Bejarano, The Enduring Democracy, 6th Ed. (Washington D.C.: Sage/CQ Press, 2021)
  • David A. Yalof, Prosecution Among Friends: Presidents, Attorneys General, and Executive Branch Wrongdoing (College Station: Texas A & M University Press, 2012).
  • David A. Yalof and Kenneth Dautrich, The Future of the First Amendment: Digital Media, Civic Education and Free Expression Rights in the Nation’s High Schools  (Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008).
  • Kenneth Dautrich and David Yalof, American Government: Historical, Popular and Global Perspectives (Belmont, Cal.: Wadsworth Publishing Co, 2008)(textbook).
  • William Cohen, David Danelski and David Yalof, Constitutional Law: Civil Liberty and Individual Rights (St. Paul, Minn: Foundation Press, 2007) (textbook)
  • David A. Yalof and Kenneth Dautrich, The First Amendment and the Media in the Court of Public Opinion, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002).
  • David A.Yalof, Pursuit of Justices: Presidential Politics and the Selection of Supreme Court Nominees, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999). Winner of the APSA’s Richard E. Neustadt Prize for the Best Book on the Presidency published in 1999.

Articles of note:

  • “George W. Bush, Strategic Justices, and Legacy Building on the U.S. Supreme Court,” in Meena Bose, ed., The George W. Bush Presidency. Volume I: The Constitution, Politics, and Policymaking (Hauppauge, N.Y.: Nova Science Publishers, 2016), pp, 165-182.
  • “Collegiality on the U.S. Supreme Court: An Early Assessment of the Roberts Court,” Judicature, Vol. 95, No. 1 (July-August 2011), pp. 12-19 (with Joey Mello and Patrick Schmidt).
  • “Schools, Education Policy, and the Future of the First Amendment,” Political Communication, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 84-101 (January-March 2009) (with Mark Lopez, Peter Levine and Kenneth Dautrich)
  • “Confirmation Obfuscation: Supreme Court Confirmation Politics in a Conservative Era,”  in Austin Sarat, ed., Studies in Law, Politics & Society (London: Elsevier, 2008), Vol. 44, pp. 143-173.
  • “Dress Rehearsal Politics and the Case of Earmarked Judicial Nominees,” Cardozo Law Review, Vol. 26 (January 2005), pp. 691-709.
  • “Courts and the Definition of Defendants’ Rights” in Kermit Hall and Kevin McGuire, eds., American Institutions of Democracy: The Judicial Branch, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005), pp. 432-458.
  • “The Swing Voter Revisited: Justice Anthony Kennedy and the First Amendment Right of Free Speech” Political Research Quarterly, Vol. 57, No.2 (June 2004), pp. 209-217.(with Patrick Schmidt).
David Yalof
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