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
M.A., Eastern Illinois University, 1991
B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1988
Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, 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 primarily teaching pre-law courses in the Department of Political Science, but has
also taught several humanities courses exploring the meaning of love, life, and spirituality. He also advises the UL Law
Club, and serves 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 and essays analyzing legal concepts and judicial voting behavior
have been published in peer-reviewed journals, law journals, and legal encyclopedias. Most recently, he authored the chapters "Freedom of Expression"
and "Religious Liberty" (and assisted on the chapter "Defamation") in the book
First Amendment Law in Louisiana, edited by William R. Davie and T. Michael Maher, 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.