James Todd

Associate Professor of Politics | Chair, Politics Department

School: School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Politics
Sub-department(s): Politics and Pre-Law (UG) | Humanities (UG)

joined: 2015


Dr. Todd joined the Palm Beach Atlantic faculty in 2015; he specializes in American governmental institutions and constitutional law. Dr. Todd serves as advisor to the pre-law students at PBA and directs the PBA Mock Trial team; he teaches on the subjects of American government and politics, constitutional law, political science research methods, the Freedom in American Society core course, and courses in the humanities sequence.

Dr. Todd’s current research focuses on Supreme Court influence in American society; he has presented numerous conference papers on this topic, and his dissertation “Neither Sword Nor Purse: The Development of Supreme Court Influence over Lower Courts” traces the evolution of Supreme Court power in America. He regularly gives public talks about the Constitution and the Supreme Court in the West Palm Beach area.

Dr. Todd spent ten years in law practice, working in real estate law and as an in-house attorney in the oil and gas industry. He is a past member of the board of directors of the American Association of Professional Landmen, an oil and gas industry professional society.

In 2008, Dr. Todd won the Mont Pelerin Society’s F.A. Hayek Essay Contest for his essay “Governments, Peoples, and their Uses of Technology” and received recognition for his award at the Society’s meeting in Tokyo.

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Todd spends as much time as possible with his wife, Annie, their daughter, Elizabeth, and their two rescue dogs, Mr. Darcy and Buckley. He and his family attend Family Church in West Palm Beach.


PHD in Political Science, University of Alabama | JD in Law, University of Alabama, School of Law | BA in Political Science, Economics, Jacksonville State University