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Lynda Dodd is the Joseph H. Flom Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science at The City University of New York – City College, where her teaching and research focus on American political and constitutional development, constitutional law and theory, jurisprudence, and civil rights litigation. She graduated from Yale Law School in 2000 and completed a Ph.D. in Politics at Princeton University in 2004. She has previously worked as a litigation associate at Sidley, Austin, Brown, & Wood, and at the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law. She has taught political science courses to undergraduate students at a number of universities and colleges including Princeton, Yale, and Wellesley, and she was a member of the law faculty at American University's Washington College of Law from 2005-2010.
In 2010, she became the Flom Professor in the Skadden, Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies. Since joining the program, she has designed and taught a series of honors seminars on civil liberties, jurisprudence, constitutional history, and advanced legal analysis. In the spring of 2011, she was honored with an outstanding faculty award by the City College Undergraduate Student Government for her service and teaching.
Her book project, Taming the Rights Revolution: The Supreme Court, Constitutional Torts, and the Elusive Quest for Accountability, examines the political and legal debates regarding civil rights litigation under Section 1983, from its origins in the Civil Rights Act of 1871 to the Roberts Court era.
She has begun research for a second book on women and constitutional citizenship in twentieth-century America. For this project she has published scholarship analyzing the tactics of the radical suffragists' campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment and has joined theSeminar sponsored by the CUNY Graduate Center.