Jason Pierce

Associate Professor; Chair
Full-Time Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences: Political Science


Jason Pierce is associate professor and chair in the Department of Political Science at the University of Dayton. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin (2002) and B.A. at Southwestern University (1994). Dr. Pierce teaches courses on judicial process, constitutional law, civil rights and liberties, comparative constitutionalism, and constitutional theory.

Courses Taught

  • Constitutional Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Civil Liberties
  • Constitutional Theory


  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A., Southwestern University

Research Interests

Dr. Pierce's research interests are primarily in the comparative study of courts and constitutional rights, particularly the Australian, Canadian, and British systems. His first book, Inside the Mason Court Revolution, explores the Australian High Court's enormously controversial and politically explosive transformation that occurred in the 1990s. He is presently writing a book manuscript comparing the influence that legal academics in several common law countries have had on legitimizing legal liberalism within their respective supreme courts. Dr. Pierce also studies questions related to deliberative democracy and civic engagement, in particular how deliberative democratic processes can be improved through various rule structures.

Selected Publications and Presentations


Book Review: Law & Politics, vol. 19:3, pp. 206-210 (2009), Uncovering the Constitution's Moral Design, Paul DeHart (2007).

"Getting Beyond Four Myths of the US Rights Regime," Law Society Journal, Sept. 2009.

"Courts Under Siege in Other Nations," in The Judiciary Under Siege, Bruce Peabody (ed.), John Hopkins University Press 2009, forthcoming.

"Can Deliberative Democracy Work in Hierarchical Organizations?" Journal of Deliberative Democracy, 2008, vol. 4:1, art. 14. With Grant Neeley and Jeffrey Budziak.

"Institutional Cohesion in the High Court of Australia: Do American Theories Travel Well Down Under?" Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, 2008, vol. 46(3), pp. 318-40.

"A Sketch of Australian Constitutional History." Green Bag (Spring 2007), vol. 10, pp. 327-345.

Inside the Mason Court Revolution, Carolina Academic Press, 2006.

Book Review: "Procedural Politics: Issues, Influence, and Institutional Choice in the European Union," Joseph Jupille (2004). Comparative Political Studies, vol. 38:8, pp. 1000-1002.

"Bringing Australian Studies to the University of Dayton." Crossings: Bulletin of the International Australian Studies Association, June 2004, vol. 9:2.


"Getting Beyond Caricature & Myth: The Case for a U.S.-Style Bill of Rights in Australia." Paper presented at the 2009 Australian & New Zealand Studies Association of North America, Calgary, Canada, Feb. 26-28, 2009.

"Ethical Discourse and Deliberative Democracy: Results from an Experimental Forum." Paper presented at the 2008 American Political Science Association conference, Aug. 28, 2008.

"The Mason Court's Legacy in a Post-Mason High Court." Paper presented at the 2008 annual conference of the Australian & New Zealand Studies Association of North America, Austin, Texas, Feb. 28-30, 2008.

"Can Deliberative Democracy Overcome Inequalities of Epistemological Authority" Poster presented at the 2007 APSA conference (Chicago, Aug. 30) and an earlier version at the 2007 Midwest Political Science Association conference (Chicago, April 12-14, 2007).

"Reverse Incorporation in the High Court: Could the Stream Rise above its Source?" Paper presented at the 2007 annual conference of the Australian & New Zealand Studies Association of North America, Washington, DC, March 22-24, 2007.

"Theorizing Communities and the Politics of Rights Protection: Legal Academics in Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand." IPSA Research Committee on Comparative Judicial Studies. The Politics and Politicization of Rights Protection Conference, University of Melbourne, Jan. 17-18, 2007.

"Institutional Cohesion in the Canadian and Australian Supreme Courts: Does the Gatekeeper Power Matter?" APSA Annual Meeting, Sept. 2005. (Poster)

"Exploring Cohesion in Courts of Final Appeal: A Cross-National Analysis." Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, April, 2005.