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About Keith J. Bybee

Keith J. Bybee is Vice Dean and Paul E. and the Hon. Joanne F. Alper '72 Judiciary Studies Professor at the College of Law, and Director of the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media. He is also Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science. His teaching interests include civility, the rule of law, courts, the politics of race and ethnicity, LGBT rights, American politics, and political philosophy. His articles have appeared in a number of academic journals. He is author of Mistaken Identity: The Supreme Court and the Politics of Minority Representation (Princeton University Press, 1998; second printing, 2002), an examination of the theories of political identity at stake in the debate over race-conscious redistricting. He is also editor of Bench Press: The Collision of Courts, Politics, and the Media (Stanford University Press, 2007), a collection of essays on the current state of judicial independence written by legal scholars, sitting judges, and working journalists. His third book, All Judges Are Political – Except When The Are Not: Acceptable Hypocrisies and the Rule of Law (Stanford University Press, 2010), examines the role of courtesy and hypocrisy in the judicial process. His most recent book is How Civility Works (Stanford University Press, 2016). He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 1995. Until 2002, he was a faculty member in the Department of Government at Harvard University.


Present Director, Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics and the Media (IJPM), Syracuse University
Present Paul E. and Hon. Joanne F. Alper '72 Judiciary Studies Professor, Syracuse University
Present Professor, College of Law, Syracuse University
Present Professor, Political Science, Syracuse University

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Syracuse University
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