Professor Pacelle received his Ph.D. in political science from the Ohio State University. Before coming to UTK, he taught at Indiana University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis and was department chair at Georgia Southern University. His teaching and research interests are in the field of American politics with a focus on public law and the Supreme Court. Pacelle is the author of five books and several articles and book chapters. His coauthored book, Decision Making by the Modern Supreme Court, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011. More recently, he is the author of The Supreme Court in a Separation of Powers System (2015). He is currently working on a book manuscript (with Barry Pyle) on the evolution of issues in the Supreme Court.
The first Monday in October is the traditional day that the U.S. Supreme Court convenes for its new term. Analysts and soothsayers carefully read the signals and forecast the direction the court will take. This year the scrutiny seems a little more intense, as the court takes up several highly charged cases. Alexander Hamilton famously […]