James Todd

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Politics
Office location and address
1605 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
PLAP 1010: Introduction to American Politics
Credits: 3
Surveys the fundamentals of American government and politics, systematically covering the major institutions of our system (the presidency, the Congress, the courts) as well as the system's essential processes.
PLAP 3190: Judicial Process and Policy-Making
Credits: 3
Survey of empirical and, to a lesser extent, normative questions concerning actors and institutions in American judicial politics. Topics include the selection of judges, judicial decision making, the legal profession, the impact of court decisions, and the role of judges in a democracy. Prerequisite: PLAP 1010 or permission of instructor.
PLAP 3500: Special Topics in American Politics
Credits: 3
Topical offerings in American Politics
PLAP 3810: Constitutional Interpretation: Separation of Powers and Federalism
Credits: 3
Studies the legislative, executive, and judicial branches and the functional and territorial distribution of powers as reflected by Supreme Court decisions. Includes the nature of the judicial process. (No CR/NC enrollees.)
PLAP 3820: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Credits: 3
Studies judicial construction and interpretation of civil rights and liberties reflected by Supreme Court decisions. Includes line-drawing between rights and obligations. (No CR/NC enrollees.)
PLAP 4920: Judicial Policymaking
Credits: 3
Examines the structure and process of judicial policymaking, focusing on agenda-setting, deciding cases and opinion writing, implementation, compliance, and impact. Particular attention is given to the United States Supreme Court and its relationship to lower federal and state courts and the political environment. Prerequisite: Nine credits in PLAP and instructor permission.
PLAP 5993: Selected Problems in American Politics
Credits: 1–3
Independent study under faculty supervision, for students who are preparing for intensive research on a specific topic. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.