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About John Brigham

John Brigham's work has been on epistemologies and law. He argues that we should look at law as a language, the Supreme Court as an institution and social movements in terms of the laws that constitute them.
He has written on what it means to see law and teaches about the ethnographic dimensions of local politics. His course, Ethnography and Policy, focuses on representation with attention to maps, places and politicians.


Present Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • Chair, Law and Courts Section, APSA 1991-92
  • Fellow, International Institute for the Sociology of Law
  • Co Founder, International Round Tables for the Semiotics of Law


  • Issues in Constitutional Law
  • Bill of Rights and Equal Protection
  • Ethnography and Policy

Contact Information

Department of Political Science
434 Thompson Hall
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003
Tel: 413-545-0450

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Recent Works (1)

Jurisprudence (5)

The Constitution (5)

Policy (2)

Sociology of Law (8)

Material Law (4)