Joshua Dunn

Joshua Dunn (PhD, University of Virginia, 2002) 

is Associate Professor of Political Science and Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Government and the Individual at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs where he teaches courses on American political institutions, constitutional law, and political theory.  His research primarily focuses on constitutional history and judicial policymaking. He is the author of Complex Justice: The Case of Missouri v. Jenkins (University of North Carolina Press), which explores the judicial attempt to desegregate the Kansas City, Missouri school system. He co-edited, with Martin West, From Schoolhouse to Courthouse: The Judiciary's Role in American Education (Brookings Institution Press). He also co-authors, with Martha Derthick, a quarterly article on law and education for the journal Education Next. Previously he taught at the College of William & Mary and was a fellow in contemporary history, public policy, and American politics at the Miller Center of Public Affairs in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Email: jdunn [at] uccs.edu

UCCS Political Science Department

Selected Publications:

Joshua Dunn, "Who Governs in God's City?" Society, 49 no. 1 (2012): 24-32.

Joshua Dunn, "Courting Education: Mitigating the Seven Somewhat Deadly Sins of Education Litigation," Carrots, Sticks, and the Bully Pulpit: Lessons From a Half Century of Federal Efforts to Improve America's Schools, eds. Frederick M. Hess and Andrew P. Kelly, Harvard Education Press, 2012: pp. 83-104.

Joshua Dunn, "The Spirit is Partially Willing: The Legal Realism and Halfhearted Minimalism of President Obama," The Obama Presidency in the Constitutional Order, eds. Carol McNamara and Melody M. Marlowe, Rowman & Littlefield, 2011: pp. 91-112.

Martha Derthick and Joshua Dunn, "False Premises: The Accountability Fetish in Education," Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, vol. 32, no. 3: 1015-34.

Joshua Dunn and Martin West, eds. From Schoolhouse to Courthouse: The Judiciary's Role in American Education, Brookings Institution Press, 2009.  

Joshua Dunn, "Talking About Religion: Separation, Freedom of Speech, and Student Rights," From Schoolhouse to Courthouse: The Judiciary's Role in American Education, Brookings Institution Press, 2009.


Joshua Dunn, Complex Justice: The Case of Missouri v. Jenkins, University of North Carolina Press, 2008.

Martin West and Joshua Dunn, "Calculated Justice: Educational Research and the Courts," in When Research Matters: How Scholarship Influences Education Policy, ed. Frederick M. Hess, Harvard Education Press, 2008: 155-76. Martha Derthick and

Joshua Dunn, "Who Should Govern? Adequacy Litigation and the Separation of Powers," School Money Trials: The Legal Pursuit of Educational Adequacy, eds. Martin West and Paul Peterson, Brookings Institution Press (2007): 322-44.