Scott Simon Boddery
Phone(717) 337 - 6247
PhD Binghamton University
JD Florida State University College of Law
Professor Boddery is an associate professor of political science and public law. Before arriving at Gettysburg, he taught for several years at Davidson College. The recipient of multiple teaching awards, Professor Boddery offers courses on constitutional law, judicial politics, legal policy and analysis, media and politics, and American government.
An expert in judicial politics and institutional design, Professor Boddery writes extensively for both scholarly and general audiences. His scholarship—which focuses on court legitimacy, judicial behavior, legal decision making, and U.S. executive decision making—has been published in a wide range of peer reviewed journals and has been cited in political science, economics, and law journals. Professor Boddery's guest essays have been published in a diverse array of national periodicals, such as Politico Magazine, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Hill, and The Dispatch, among others. He has also been a guest on NPR programming and routinely serves as a point of contact for background research at multiple media outlets.
On campus, Professor Boddery is the U.S. Department of State's Diplomacy Lab Coordinator for the college. To date, he has led a team of students as they completed public policy projects for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, the U.S. Embassy in Finland, and the U.S. Embassy in Munich.
Professor Boddery is an advocate for liberal arts education and prelaw students. He has served on the board of directors of Law School Transparency and the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors. Professor Boddery’s course on legal analysis is at the forefront of a national movement aimed at strengthening undergraduate prelaw curricula. His overarching goal is to prepare students for a lifetime of active citizenship and to help them achieve careers in law, public policy, and government service. Indeed, Professor Boddery's advisees have gone on to careers in state and federal government and have matriculated to the best law schools in the country.