Thomas M. Keck
Michael O. Sawyer Chair of Constitutional Law and Politics
Chair, Department of Political Science
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Tom Keck is the Michael O. Sawyer Chair of Constitutional Law and Politics and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Professor Keck is the author of Judicial Politics in Polarized Times and The Most Activist Supreme Court in History: The Road to Modern Judicial Conservatism, along with articles in the American Political Science Review, Law and Society Review, and Law and Social Inquiry.
Professor Keck received his B.A. in Politics from Oberlin College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University. As holder of the Sawyer Chair since 2009, he directs the Sawyer Law and Politics Program (SLAPP), an interdisciplinary initiative devoted to advancing teaching and research in the field of law and politics. SLAPP hosts a regular seminar series in which leading law-and-politics experts from around the country present their current research, and it also provides funding for doctoral students in the Maxwell School's political science program who are pursuing law-and-politics research of their own. Prospective graduate students in the field should contact him for further information.