Paul Herron

Associate Professor

Contact Information:


Howley Hall 306


Ph.D. - Brandeis University

J.D. - Northeastern University School of Law

Brief Biography:

Paul Herron studied history and literature at American University before heading to Northeastern University School of Law. During law school, he worked for a federal judge and in the Senate Judiciary Committee. He then practiced law at K&L Gates as an associate in the Commercial Litigation, Probate Litigation, and Private Client practice groups. Paul left the firm to get a PhD at Brandeis University, focusing his studies on American Politics and Public Law. He teaches classes on law and American political development and is especially interested in the politics of the South. Paul wrote his first book on southern state constitutional development from secession to the turn of the twentieth century. He is now working on a project examining the manipulation of time and historical memory in the South and a project tracing white supremacy in American state constitutions from the founding to the present.

Area(s) of Expertise:

American Constitutional Development, Southern Politics, Criminal Law, Civil Liberties, and American Political History

Selected Publications:

Herron, P. (2022) “This Crisis of Our History": The Colored Conventions Movement and the Temporal Construction of Southern Politics. Studies in American Political Development.(36), 20.

Herron, P. (2017) Framing the Solid South, The State Constitutional Conventions of Secession, Reconstruction, and Redemption 1860-1902 . Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas

Herron, P. (2015) Slavery and Freedom in American State Constitutional Development. Journal of Policy History.(27),

Selected Presentations:

Herron, P. American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. , Washington DC - ""White Supremacy in State Constitutions"" , 2019

Herron, P. American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. , Boston, MA - "“American Constitutionalism in the States,” roundtable with Amy Bridges, John Dinan, Sandy Levinson, Emily Zackin, Robinson Woodward-Burns, and Joshua Braver" , 2018

Herron, P. Policy History Conference. Journal of Policy History, Tempe, AZ - ""Authors meet Authors, State Constitutionalism in American Political Development," with Amy Bridges, John Dinan, and Robin Einhorn." , 2018

Herron, P. American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. , Philadelphia, PA - "“Why Reconstruction Matters to Political Science,” with Richard Valelly, Mark Graber, Amy Bridges, Megan Ming Francis, Desmond King, and Jeffrey Jenkins." , 2016

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