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Christopher Shortell

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Office: URBN 650J
Phone: 503.725.5139

Chris Shortell (Ph.D. 2004, University of California, San Diego) is an Associate Professor of Political Science.  He teaches courses on public law and American politics, including judicial process, constitutional law, and civil liberties.  Professor Shortell also serves as the department pre-law advisor and oversees the Law & Legal Studies minor.  His research deals with the relationship between law and the broader political system, with a particular focus on the interactions between law and society, law and elections, and federalism.  His recent publications include Rights, Remedies, and the Impact of State Sovereign Immunity (SUNY Press) and articles in Election Law Journal, University of Pittsburgh Law Review, and Judicature.  In addition, he has contributed chapters to edited volumes on judicial corruption, executive immunity, and leadership on the Supreme Court.  His current research focuses on examining how trial courts can inform our understanding of law and politics.