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
Civil Rights and Liberties, Constitutional Law, Judicial Politics, American Government
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. Ever since obtaining his Ph.D.
focusing on public law and judicial politics, he has been at UL teaching pre-law courses in the Department of Political Science, advising the UL Law
Club, and serving as UL's Pre-Law Advisor. His legal expertise is in constitutional law, especially civil rights and
civil liberties, primarily speech and religion. His articles analyzing judicial voting behavior
have been published in the peer-reviewed journals Judicature,
Justice System Journal, Social Science Journal, and Journal of Political Science.
Articles by him analyzing free speech and religious liberty have been published in the the legal journals
Journal of Law and Education, University of Memphis Law Review, and Southern Illinois
Law Journal. His summaries of legal concepts and cases have appeared in several encyclopedias: Encyclopedia of American Law, Encyclopedia of
Civil Liberties in America, Encyclopedia of the Constitution, Encyclopedia of the
Supreme Court, and Encyclopedia of Social Deviance. He also has several chapters forthcoming in the book First Amendment Law in Louisiana, to be published by UL Press.
Most importantly, whenever possible, Rick communes with nature, contemplates and philosophizes about the beauty and wonder of the universe,
and tries to live life to the fullest, all while sharing these experiences with friends and family, especially his amazing wife Anne.