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Department of Political Science

John A. Fliter

John FliterPh.D. Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park 1993
American Politics, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights and Liberties, Judicial Policies

Dr. Fliter is an associate professor of political science at Kansas State University. He received his B.A. in political science from California State University, Northridge, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park. He has written articles on freedom of speech, church-state relations, the jurisprudence of Justice David Souter, and prison reform litigation. His articles have appeared in The Journal of Political Science EducationLaw and Society ReviewSoutheastern Political ReviewJournal of Church and StateThe Justice Professional, and the Free Speech Yearbook. His recent book, Fighting Foreclosure: The Blaisdell Case, the Contract Clause, and the Great Depression, co-authored with Derek Hoff, was published by the University Press of Kansas in 2012. He also published a book entitled, Prisoners’ Rights: The Supreme Court and Evolving Standards of Decency, by Greenwood Press (2001).

Dr. Fliter’s research interests include the Supreme Court and the New Deal, judicial policy making, civil rights and liberties, and law, politics and literature. 

Professor Fliter received the 2010 K-State Presidential Teaching Award and he was named the 2013-14 Coffman University Distinguished Teaching Scholar. He teaches courses on U.S. politics, the judicial process, administrative law, constitutional law, civil rights and liberties, and law, politics and literature. Dr. Fliter serves as co-advisor to the Model UN Team. He is a military history buff and an avid fan of K-State football and the Cleveland Indians.