George Lovell (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1997) is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. He studies public law, political institutions, American political development, and constitutional theory. Specifically, his research examines interaction among branches of government and the effect of courts and other political institutions on social movements.
Lovell is currently working on a book project on political institutions and legal consciousness that focuses on the Justice Department's civil rights activities in the 1940's. His first book, Legislative Deferrals, (Cambridge) looks at the development of the American labor movement and shows how legislators use ambiguity to give judges the opportunity to resolve important policy controversies. The book challenges conventional understandings of both American labor history and the relationship between judicial power and democracy. He has 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 constitutional law, the Supreme Court in American politics, law in the politics of social change, and United States courts and civil liberties.