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Joseph Postell

Associate Professor of Politics

Kendall Hall 406


B.A. Ashland University, 2001

M.A. University of Dallas, 2005

Ph.D. University of Dallas, 2010

Courses Taught

POL 101: U.S. Constitution

POL 302: Congress

POL 307: Administrative Law

POL 741: The American Congress


Bureaucracy in America: The Administrative State’s Challenge to Constitutional Government. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2017.

Edited, with Steven Pittz. American Citizenship and Constitutionalism in Principle and Practice.  Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, forthcoming 2021. 

Edited. U.S. Congress: Core Documents. Ashland: Ashbrook Press, 2020.

Edited, with Johnathan O’Neill. American Conservatism, 1900-1930: A Reader. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019.

Edited, with Johnathan O’Neill. Toward an American Conservatism: Constitutional Conservatism during the Progressive Era. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Edited, with Bradley C.S. Watson. Rediscovering Political Economy. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2011.


Select Publications

“The Controlling Power of Organization: Constitutional Conservatism and the Defense of Strong Parties,” in The American Contribution to Citizenship and Constitutionalism, ed. Joseph Postell and Steven Pittz, forthcoming 2021.

“The Misunderstood Thomas Cooley: Regulation from the Founding to the ICC,” Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy 18: 75-103, 2020.

"A Plea for a Federalist Presidency. Library of Law and Liberty. Review of Stephen F. Knott, The Lost Soul of the American Presidency, 2020.

"Are Progressives Un-American?" Modern Age 62: 59-62.  Review of Bradley C.S. Watson, Progressivism: The Strange History of a Radical Idea, 2020.

"The Nondelegation Doctrine After Gundy.” N.Y.U. Journal of Law and Liberty 13: 280-325, 2019.

Wth Paul D. Moreno. "Not Dead Yet – Or Never Born? The Reality of the Nondelegation Doctrine,” Constitutional Studies 3: 41-67, 2018.