Political Science

Scott Simon Boddery

Assistant Professor

Political Science



Campus Box 0406


Glatfelter Hall
Room 313 C
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400


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 judicial behavior, legal decision making, court legitimacy, and U.S. foreign policy—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, and he has been a guest on NPR programming and the point of contact for background research at multiple media outlets.

Professor Boddery is an advocate for liberal arts education and for pre-law 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 pre-law curricula. He is also the editor of The Law Journal of the Liberal Arts, an open access undergraduate law journal.  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.

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