Political Science

Scott Boddery

Assistant Professor

Political Science



Campus Box 0406


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


PhD Binghamton University, 2015
JD Florida State University College of Law, 2011

Scott Boddery is an assistant professor of political science and pre-law advisor at Gettysburg College and a recipient of the student-awarded Dr. Ralph Cavaliere Endowed Teaching Award. He teaches courses on constitutional law, judicial politics & behavior, legal analysis, American government, and research methods.  Professor Boddery is the founding editor of The Law Journal of the Liberal Arts.  After spending several years at Davidson College as a visiting professor, Professor Boddery joined Gettysburg College in 2017.

An expert in judicial politics and public law, Professor Boddery writes extensively for both academic and popular audiences. His scholarship—which focuses on judicial behavior, legal decision making, court legitimacy, and executive decision making—has been published in a wide array of peer-reviewed publications and has been cited in political science, economics, and law journals, including the Harvard Law Review.  His op-eds have been published in the Washington PostUSA Today, and The Hill.  He has also appeared on public radio and been the point of contact for numerous other media outlets.

Professor Boddery is committed to liberal arts education. In his classroom, students come to better understand the ways in which legal principles, theories, and the judiciary as a whole interweave into virtually every aspect of society. As pre-law advisor for the college, Professor Boddery helps students navigate the law school application process, and he walks them through admission and scholarship considerations.  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.