Paul Herron

Assistant Professor

Contact Information:


Howley Hall 310


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 and is now working on a project examining the manipulation of time and historical memory in Dixie.

Area(s) of Expertise:

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

Selected Publications:

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. Annual Meeting. American Political Science Association, Boston, MA - "The Temporal Construction of Southern Politics" , 2018

Herron, P. Annual Meeting. American Political Science Association, 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. Annual Meeting. American Political Science Association, 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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