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John C Kuzenski

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Associate Professor & Director of Prelaw Programs
(919) 530-7258
106D Edmonds Classroom Building


Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of University Prelaw Programs. Primary teaching responsibilities in Public and Constitutional Law, Legislative and Executive Institutions. Other specializations in Southern Politics, State Politics, Political Parties, Campaigns & Elections. Oversight and management of the Prelaw Program and curriculum, including advising for prelaw students, LSAC/LSDAS institutional representative, ABA/CLEO institutional representative.


Professor Kuzenski has been a member of the NCCU faculty since 2006, coming to campus from the positions of Divisional Assistant Director in the North Carolina Department of Revenue and Teaching Professor at North Carolina State University. He previously served on the faculties of The Citadel-The Military College of South Carolina, Vanderbilt University and Louisiana State University. He holds a Ph.D. from the School of Public and International Affairs in Political Science from The University of Georgia and the J.D. with Honors from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Law. Kuzenski's primary scholarly focus is in U.S. public and constitutional law, with additional experience and interests in U.S. Southern and state politics, American political institutions and political parties and elections.

Dr. Kuzenski is an active member in good standing of the North Carolina and District of Columbia Bars. He is admitted to practice in numerous federal district courts and U.S. Courts of Appeals, in addition to the Supreme Court of the United States. He has also served as a law clerk for The Hon. Wanda G. Bryant, North Carolina Court of Appeals, and The Hon. W. Earl Britt, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Kuzenski has served the discipline of Political Science nationally since 2008 as General Counsel for Pi Sigma Alpha, The National Political Science Honor Society, of Washington, DC; he is also the faculty advisor for NCCU's Tau Epsilon Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha. His published work appears in a range of law and political science scholarly journals, in addition to the books _David Duke and the Politics of Race in the South_ (with R.K. Gaddie and C.S. Bullock; Vanderbilt University Press) and _Eye of the Storm: The South and Congress in an Era of Change_ (with R. Steed and L. Moreland; Praeger Publishers).

In addition to his professional work as a political scientist and an attorney, Dr. Kuzenski has 20 years' experience in mass media (primarily radio) and is a semi-professional musician, having released several solo instrumental albums.

Research Interests

Federalism and "New Federalism" movements in American Politics, including the rapid escalation in the use of contract law to create private quasi-governmental structures; constitutional powers of government and separation of powers; public policy and law, particularly the refinement and adaptation of common law doctrine to new problems of political devolution; race, politics and minority voting behavior. Additional interests in Southern and state politics, US political parties and elections, executive and legislative politics, European policy and EU integration issues.


JD University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 2005
PhD University of Georgia 1993
MA Mississippi State University 1987
BA Louisiana State University 1986

Selected Publications

1. Kuzenski, J. C. (2009). Dilemmas of Redistricting in a Partial-Coverage VRA State: An Empirical Reconsideration of the North Carolina Supreme Court’s Stephenson Opinion. Widener Law Review, 15.
2. Kuzenski, J. C. (2008). The Paving Principle of Good Intentions? Calls for Reform of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and the Private Game Theory Equilibrium Opposing Them. North Carolina Central Law Review, 30.
3. Kuzenski, J. C. (2007). Making Room at the Table: The Public Policy Dangers of Over-Reliance on Black-Letter Contract Terms in State Common Interest Community Law. Appalachian Journal of Law, 7.
4. Kuzenski, J. C. (1997). The Four-- Yes, Four-- Types of Primary Systems. PS: Political Science and Politics, 30.
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