DR. RICK A. SWANSON
Associate Professor, Pre-Law Advisor, and Anthony Moroux/BORSF Endowed Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2001
J.D., Southern Illinois University, 1994
Judicial Politics, Civil Rights and Liberties, Constitutional Law, Religion and Politics, American Government, Research Methods
Mouton Hall 231
Professional Curriculum Vitae
Course Websites for Dr. Swanson
Besides earning a J.D. and Ph.D., Rick worked from 1994-1996 as a law clerk to Justice
James A. Knecht of the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District. Ever since obtaining his Ph.D.
focusing on Public Law and Judicial Politics, he has been Pre-Law Advisor for UL-Lafayette
and teaches pre-law courses in the Department of Political Science and advises the UL Law
Club. His legal expertise is in the area of constitutional civil rights and civil liberties,
particularly the areas of speech and religion. His articles analyzing judicial voting behavior
on state supreme courts have been published in the peer-reviewed political science journals Judicature,
Justice System Journal, Social Science Journal, and Journal of Political Science.
His articles analyzing free speech and religious liberty have been published the the legal journals
Journal of Law and Education, University of Memphis Law Review, and Southern Illinois
Law Journal. In addition, his summaries of legal cases and concepts have been
published in several legal encyclopedias: Encyclopedia of American Law, Encyclopedia of
Civil Liberties in America, Encyclopedia of the Constitution, and Encyclopedia of the
Supreme Court. Most importantly, whenever possible, Rick philosophizes with friends,
communes with nature, composes and performs new age and electronic dance music, and
contemplates the beauty and wonder of the universe.