George Lovell (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1997) is Divisional Dean of Social Sciences, Professor of Political Science, Professor in Law, Societies, and Justice at the University of Washington. He studies legal processes, political institutions, American political development, labor, and constitutional theory. His published research has focused on the sources and consequences of judicial power and on how American law influences the way people respond to injustice and organize for political power. He has explored these questions in a range of contexts including early 20th Century worker organizing, rights related protests during Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency, and immigrant political activism in the Pacific Northwest.
Professor Lovell has previously served as Chair of Department of Political Science and as the Harry Bridges Endowed Chair and Director of the Bridges Center for Labor Studies. He is the author of This is Not Civil Rights: Discovering Rights Talk in 1939 America and Legislative Deferrals as well as numerous articles in scholarly journals.
- George Lovell. 2017. "Reflections on a Funhouse Mirror—Racist Violence, the Protection of Privilege, and the Limits of Tolerance." Law & Social Inquiry, 42(2), 571-576.
- George Lovell. 2015. “Covering Legal Mobilization: A Bottom‐Up Analysis of Wards Cove v Atonio”, co‐authored with Michael W. McCann and Kirstine Taylor. Law and Social Inquiry. 2015.
- George I. Lovell. 2012. This is Not Civil Rights: Discovering Rights Talk in 1939 America. University of Chicago Press.
- George Lovell. 2012. “The Myth of the Myth of Rights.” Studies in Law, Politics and Society 59 (1-30).
- George Lovell. 2010. "Imagined Rights without Remedies: The Politics of Novel Legal Claims". Loyola Los Angeles Law Review 44:91-119.
- George Lovell. 2010. "Delegation, Default, or Discretion? Interbranch Power Sharing and Abortion Politics" co- authored with Scott E. Lemieux. Polity 42 (210-43).