Assistant Professor of Political Science & Lecturer in Law
Menard Law Office 210A
College of Law
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2321
Moscow, ID 83844-2321
- B.A., Amherst College
- Ph.D., J.D., University of Michigan
While in graduate school, Prof. McLeod served an intern with the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and with the New York State Defenders Association. In 1999, he also worked as an intern for Prof. Bruno Simma, a member of UN International Law Commission, in Geneva, Switzerland.
From 2001-2002 Prof. McLeod taught English and politics at The Higher School for Humanities and Economics in Bielsko-Biala Poland. In 2004-2005, he served as a visiting professor of political science at the University of Michigan. In 2005, he accepted a full-time position in the political science department at Rutgers University, in Camden, NJ. Among his professional activities while at Rutgers, Prof. McLeod served as a consultant for the American Bar Association, and advised the West Virginia state legislature on judicial selection reform. He was also affiliated with the Center for State Constitutional Studies at Rutgers-Camden.
In 2008, Prof. McLeod began the switch to legal academia, when he accepted a position as a visiting professor of law at the Rutgers School of Law – Camden. From 2008-2012, he taught in both the political science department and at the school of law at Rutgers-Camden. In 2012-2013, Prof. McLeod taught at Florida Coastal School of Law, in Jacksonville, FL.
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, and local government law.
- Judicial Behavior
- Judicial Selection
- Law and Politics
- State and Local Government