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Faculty Profile

Harry Pohlman

Professor of Political Science; A. Lee Fritschler Professor of Public Policy (1983)

Contact Information

Denny Hall Room 301


Professor Pohlman’s teaching interests include American constitutional law, other law-related courses, and political and legal philosophy. Recent publications: Professor Pohlman’s undergraduate constitutional law textbook, Terrorism and the Constitution: The Post-9/11 Cases was published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2008. His book May It Amuse the Court: Editorial Cartoons of the Supreme Court and Constitution (with Michael A. Kahn) was published by Hill Street Press in 2005. He has also published three recent volumes in the second revised edition of Rowman and Littlefield’s Constitutional Debate in Action series: Civil Rights and Liberties (2005), Criminal Justice (2005), and Governmental Powers (2004).


  • B.A., University of Dayton, 1974
  • Ph.D., Columbia University, 1982

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

POSC 220 Constitutional Law I
An analysis of constitutional adjudication in the areas of separation of powers, federalism, and economic rights. Special emphasis is placed upon the idea of a written constitution and the role that judges play in our constitutional system. Topics include Watergate, war powers, and legislative veto. Prerequisite: 120, or permission of the instructor.

Spring 2018

POSC 221 Constitutional Law II
An exploration of American constitutional rights. Both historical developments and contemporary issues are addressed. Topics include racial and sexual equality, affirmative action, seditious speech, and school prayer. Prerequisite: 120, or permission of the instructor.