George Lovell (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1997) is Professor of Political Science, Adjunct Professor in Law, Societies, and Justice, and Harry Bridges Endowed Chair in Labor Studies at the University of Washington. He studies legal processes, political institutions, American political development, and constitutional theory. Lovell’s research examines how law shapes the way people participate in political processes, the political sources of judicial power, and the ways law shapes labor unions and other social justice organizations.
Lovell is currently working (with colleague Michael McCann) on a book on political and legal activism by Filipino American cannery workers in the Pacific Northwest. His most recent book, This is Not Civil Rights (2012), looks at public consciousness of rights and Justice Department civil rights activities in the 1940's. His first book, Legislative Deferrals (2003), challenges conventional understandings of democratic controls on judicial power by showing how legislators use ambiguity to empower judges to resolve policy controversies. Lovell has also published articles on the deployment of legal claims in everyday political encounters, 19th century state labor legislation, the Supreme Court's progressive era decisions on federal labor legislation, and legislative delegation to the executive branch.
Lovell teaches courses on American constitutional law, the U.S. Supreme Court, law and the politics of social change, law and society, and labor studies.