Scott Peters

Department of Political Science
Faculty - Associate Professor of Political Science


Ph.D. University of Kentucky (1998) M.A. University of Kentucky (1996) B.A. Truman State University (1993)

Research Interests

My research focuses on state supreme court elections. In particular, I am interested in the effectiveness of various ethical restrictions that states place on judicial candidates. I am also interested in the role of interest groups in judicial elections today, and the effects of television advertising and other sophisticated campaigning techniques that are increasingly used in these elections.

Teaching Interests

American politics, especially the judicial system.


Prelaw advisor Advisor to Daniel Webster Law Society

Selected Publications

“Canons of Ethics and Accountability in State Supreme Court Election, 1998-2006.” 2009. State Politics and Policy Quarterly, 9(1): 24-55. “Campaigning for State Supreme Court 2006”. 2008. Justice System Journal, 29(2): 166-186. “Getting Attention: The Effect of Legal Mobilization on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Attention to Issues.” 2007. Political Research Quarterly, 60(3): 561. “Canons, Cost and Competition in State Supreme Court Elections.” 2007. Judicature, 91(1):27-35.

Courses Taught

Constitutional Law, Civil Rights & Liberties, Law & Politics, Law & the Courts, Introduction to American Politics, Analyzing Politics


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