Jeffrey R. Dudas


Political Science

Law and Society, American Political Thought

Ph.D. University of Washington

Jeffrey R. Dudas is Professor of Political Science and Affiliate Faculty of American Studies at the University of Connecticut. He specializes in the areas of American law, politics, and culture and focuses, in particular, on the many facets of the American politics of rights. He joined the UConn Political Science department in 2004 after earning the M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Washington.


(2017) Raised Right: Fatherhood in Modern American Conservatism. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.

(2008) The Cultivation of Resentment: Treaty Rights and the New Right.  Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

(2021) “‘You Complete Me’”: Batman, Joker, and the Countersubversive Politics of American Law and Order.” 85 Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, 49-74.

(2016) “All the Rage: Clarence Thomas, Paternal Authority, and Conservative Desire.” 12 Law, Culture, and the Humanities 70.

(2012) “‘A Madman Full of Paranoid Guile’: The Myth of Rights in the Modern American Mind.” 59 Studies in Law, Politics, and Society 31.

(2012) “Subversives All! Ronald Reagan and the Paternal Roots of ‘Law & Order’ at Home and Abroad.” 8 Law, Culture, and the Humanities 119.

(2009) “Little Monsters, Wild Animals, & Welfare Queens: Ronald Reagan & the Legal Constitution of American Politics.” 49 Studies in Law, Politics, and Society 157.

(2005) “In the Name of Equal Rights: ‘Special’ Rights and the Politics of Resentment in Post-Civil Rights America.”  39 Law and Society Review 723.

Jeffrey Dudas
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Curriculum Vitae CV2023
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