The School of Arts and Sciences
Politics and Pre-Law (UG)
Full Name: James Todd
Assistant Professor of Politics
B.A., Jacksonville State University; J.D., The University of Alabama School of Law; Ph.D., The University of Alabama.
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
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
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.