Michael W. McCann
Professor of Political Science and Acting Chair
Gordon Hirabayashi Professor for the Advancement of Citizenship
Director, Comparative Law and Society Studies Center
Director, Law, Societies, and Justice Program

Office: Gowen 47
(206) 543-2377

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Curriculum Vitae

Michael McCann (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1983) is Gordon Hirabayashi Professor for the Advancement of Citizenship at the University of Washington. A former chair of the Political Science Department and Adjunct Professor in the Law School, he is the founding director of both the interdisciplinary Comparative Law and Society Studies (CLASS) Center and the undergraduate Law, Societies, and Justice program. McCann is the author of Taking Reform Seriously: Perspectives on Public Interest Liberalism (Cornell, 1986), Rights at Work: Pay Equity Reform and the Politics of Legal Mobilization (Chicago, 1994), and (with William Haltom) Distorting the Law: Politics, Media, and the Litigation Crisis (Chicago, 2004). The last two books together have won six major book awards from professional academic associations. He has published over forty essays in Law & Society Review, Law and Social Inquiry, and other social science journals and law reviews as well as in edited books on numerous subjects. Among his present research projects is a study of the cultural backlash against egalitarian rights claiming and public interest litigation for progressive health-related causes in the U.S., and its implications for contemporary politics at local, national, and international levels. He was named a Guggenheim Fellow for the 2007-8 academic year.

McCann teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses on law and society topics, for which he received a university-wide Distinguished Teaching Award in 1989.