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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 Process

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, Child Labor in America: The Epic Legal Struggle to Protect Children, was published by the University Press of Kansas in May 2018. His other books include Fighting Foreclosure: The Blaisdell Case, the Contract Clause, and the Great Depression, co-authored with Derek Hoff, University Press of Kansas (2012), and Prisoners’ Rights: The Supreme Court and Evolving Standards of Decency, 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, an avid fan of K-State sports, and a long-suffering Cleveland Indians fan.