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Kevin J. McMahon

John R. Reitemeyer Professor of Political Science, Trinity College

Kevin J. McMahon is the John R. Reitemeyer Professor of Political Science. In 2024, the University of Chicago Press published his most recent book, A Supreme Court Unlike Any Other: The Deepening Divide Between the Justices and the People. In 2014, the Supreme Court Historical Society selected his book, Nixon's Court: His Challenge to Judicial Liberalism and Its Political Consequences (University of Chicago, 2011), for its rarely-awarded Erwin N. Griswold Book Prize. Upon receiving the award, Professor McMahon delivered a lecture on the book in the courtroom of the United States Supreme Court. Nixon's Court was also selected as a 2012 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title. Professor McMahon's first book, Reconsidering Roosevelt on Race: How the Presidency Paved the Road to Brown (University of Chicago, 2004), won the American Political Science Association’s Richard E. Neustadt Award for the best book published that year on the American presidency. He is also the co-author/co-editor of three books on the presidency and presidential elections and the author or co-author of many book chapters and journal articles.


  • –present
    Professor of Political Science & Director of the Graduate Program in Public Policy, Trinity College