Frank J. Colucci, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science

Frank Colucci


Frank J. Colucci is Associate Professor of Political Science. He teaches courses in American politics and constitutional law and history with a focus on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Research Overview

Colucci’s book, Justice Kennedy’s Jurisprudence: The Full and Necessary Meaning of Liberty (University Press of Kansas), is the leading academic study of the former justice. Colucci has published in political science and law journals and by CNN and The New Republic. His research has been cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, NPR and other national media.

Select Publications

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s Federalism and the Limits of State Sovereignty: Publius (2019): 490-514

When Structure Fails: Justice Kennedy, Liberty and Trump v. Hawaii: Hastings Law Journal (2019): 1141-1174

The Legacies of Justice Kennedy: University Press of Kansas (2018)

Kennedy votes signal resolution, not revolution: CNN (2016)

Teaching Focus

  • American Government and Politics
  • Law and Society
  • Constitutional Law and Constitutional History
  • American Political Thought
  • Healthcare Law and Policy
  • Colucci is also happy to answer questions about law school, graduate school and internships.
Frank Colucci


(219) 989-2488

Office Location:

Westville, LSF 217


  • Ph.D. – Political Science, University of Notre Dame
  • M.A.- Government, University of Notre Dame
  • B.A. – Magazine Journalism and Political Science, Syracuse University

Areas of Expertise

  • American Politics Constitutional Law
  • History U.S. Supreme Court