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Aman McLeod

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Affiliate Faculty at the College of Law


205F Administration Building



Mailing Address

Department of Politics and Philosophy
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Dr., MS 3165
Moscow, ID 83844-3165

Aman McLeod is the pre-law advisor for the University of Idaho, and advisor to the Pre-Law Society. His research focuses on constitutional law, judicial behavior, judicial selection, and state and local government.  


Ph.D., University of Michigan
J.D., University of Michigan
B.A., Amherst College 

Prof. McLeod as taught at several universities, colleges and law schools, before coming to the University of Idaho in 2013. Since then, he has taught at the Political Science department and at the College of Law. Currently, he serves as the campus pre-law advisor and as faculty advisor to the university’s undergraduate Pre-Law Society, which he helped to found in 2014.

Prof. McLeod has authored numerous book chapters, articles and conference papers. His research has mostly focused on judicial behavior and judicial selection. His doctoral dissertation, “An Excess of Participation: A Critical Examination of Judicial Elections and Their Consequences for American Democracy,” examined the effect of campaign contributions on the decisional behavior of several of the justices of the Michigan Supreme Court. He has since written several articles and book chapters on the role of politics in state and federal judicial selection, judicial independence, constitutional law and local government law. Among his professional activities, Prof. McLeod served as a consultant for the American Bar Association, and advised the West Virginia state legislature on judicial selection reform.

Prof. McLeod’s teaching interests include American politics, comparative law, conflict of laws, constitutional law, criminal law and procedure, family law, international law, judging and politics, state and local government law, professional responsibility and remedies.

Aman McLeod, Evidentiary Privilege for Researchers: Its Present State and a Proposal for its Future. 43 J.C. & U.L. 29 (2017).

Aman McLeod, Reaching Out: Understanding the Puzzle of Cross-Party Appointments to the Lower Federal Courts. 6 J. of Pol. & L. 116 (2013).

Aman McLeod, “Choosing the Deciders: The Supreme Court Nomination and Confirmation Process in the United States,” in The Democratic Dilemma: Reforming the Canadian Supreme Court. (Nadia Verrelli ed. 2013).

Aman McLeod, The Party on the Bench: Party Politics and State High Court Appointments. 33 Justice Sys. J. 262 (2012).

  • Judicial Selection
  • Judicial Behavior
  • State and Local Government
  • Constitutional Law


Department of Politics and Philosophy

Physical Address:
205 Administration Building

Mailing Address:
Department of Politics and Philosophy
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3165
Moscow, ID 83844-3165

Phone: 208-885-6328

Fax: 208-885-5102