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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, teaching courses in Public and Constitutional Law, American Legislative and Executive Institutions, Southern Politics, State Politics and Government, Political Parties, Campaigns & Elections. Director of University Prelaw Programs, including oversight and management of the Pre-Law curriculum, advising for students interested in law school, LSAC/LSDAS institutional representative, ABA/CLEO institutional representative.


Professor Kuzenski has been a member of the NCCU faculty since 2006, having previously served on the faculties of The Citadel-The Military College of South Carolina, Vanderbilt University and Louisiana State University. His scholarship has centered largely around Southern Politics and American legislative and executive institutions and behavior historically, although much more of his work these days focuses on American and comparative constitutional and public law- particularly the public policy ramifications of constitutional and common law doctrine. He holds a Ph.D. from the School of Public and International Affairs in Political Science from The University of Georgia as well as the J.D. with Honors from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Law. He is the Department of Political Science's current Senator to the NCCU Faculty Senate.

Professor Kuzenski is an active member in good standing of the North Carolina and District of Columbia Bars, and is also admitted to practice in all three federal district courts of North Carolina, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth and District of Columbia Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He 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. Kuzenski brings a variety of other work and life experience into his political science and law scholarship, including management of nonprofit and other service organizations, an extended career in commercial broadcast radio and public relations, semi-professional work as a musician (bass), law enforcement, and senior-level management of numerous political campaigns in Georgia, Tennessee and his native state of Louisiana. He is the recipient of numerous teaching honors, both at NCCU and at other universities he has served. Professor Kuzenski continues to be active in animal welfare and community interest organizations at the national, state and local (Western Wake County) levels.


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