Dr. Jason Pierceson

Professor of Political Science
Email: jpier2@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-7842
Office: PAC 360

Professor Pierceson holds a B.A. in History from Knox College and a Ph.D. in Politics from Brandeis University.

His teaching and research focuses on public law, the legal and political issues relating to sexuality and gender, and political theory. He is the author or co-author of several books on same-sex marriage and sexuality and politics, including Same-Sex Marriage in the Americas: Policy Innovation for Same-Sex Relationships; Courts, Liberalism and Rights: Gay Law and Politics in the United States and Canada; Same-Sex Marriage in the United States: The Road to the Supreme Court; and Sexual Minorities in Politics: An Introduction. In 2011, he was the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in American Studies at the University of Alberta. His commentary and writing has appeared in such media outlets as Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota Public Radio, Reuters, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, in addition to various Springfield-area media outlets.

Courses taught include: Introduction to the American Political System; Seminar Courts and Policymaking; Appellate Advocacy: Moot Court; The Supreme Court and Judicial Politics; American Political Thought; Introduction to Political Philosophy; Ethics, Justice, and Public Policy; Philosophy of Law; Women and Politics; and Sexuality, Law and Politics.

PUBLICATIONS/RESEARCH

Books:
Sexual Minorities and Politics: An Introduction, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.

Same-Sex Marriage In the United States: The Road to the Supreme Court. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2013.

Same-Sex Marriage In the United States: The Road to the Supreme Court and Beyond, with Epilogue. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

Courts, Liberalism, and Rights: Gay Law and Politics in the U.S. and Canada. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2005.

Edited Books:
Same-Sex Marriage in Latin America: Promise and Resistance, Jason Pierceson, Adriana Piatti-Crocker and Shawn Schulenberg, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013.

Same-Sex Marriage in the Americas: Policy Innovation for Same-Sex Relationships, Jason Pierceson, Adriana Piatti-Crocker, and Shawn Schulenberg, eds. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010.

Moral Argument, Religion, and Same-Sex Marriage: Advancing the Public Good, Gordon Babst, Emily Gill and Jason Pierceson, eds. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009.

Articles and Book Chapters:
“From Kameny to Kennedy: The Road to the Positive Rights Protection of Marriage Equality in Obergefell v. Hodges,” Politics, Groups, and Identities, 3:4 (December 2015), 703-710.

“Same-Sex Marriage in Canada and the U.S.: The Role of Political and Legal Culture,” The American Review of Canadian Studies, 44:3 (Fall 2014).

“Judicialization and Relationship Equality in Latin America,” in Same-Sex Marriage in Latin America: Promise and Resistance, Jason Pierceson, Adriana Piatti-Crocker and Shawn Schulenberg, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013.

“Law, Sexuality, and Morality in the United States,” in Faith, Politics and Sexual Diversity in Canada and the United States, David Rayside, and Clyde Wilcox, eds. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2011.

“Introduction,” with Adriana Piatti-Crocker, in Same-Sex Marriage in the Americas, Adriana Piatti-Crocker, Jason Pierceson, and Shawn Schulenberg, eds. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010.

“Deconstructing the Backlash: Same-Sex Marriage Litigation and Social Change,” in Same-Sex Marriage in the Americas, Adriana Crocker, Jason Pierceson, and Shawn Schulenberg, eds. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010.

“Juristocracy in the Americas?” in Same-Sex Marriage in the Americas, Adriana Crocker, Jason Pierceson, and Shawn Schulenberg, eds. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010.

“Same-Sex Marriage and the American Political Tradition,” in Moral Argument, Religion, and Same-Sex Marriage: Advancing the Public Good, Gordon Babst, Emily Gill and Jason Pierceson, eds. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009.

Current Research:
“Examining Attitudes Toward the ‘T’ in LGBT: Public Support for Transgender Rights and Supportive Policies,” with Ashley Kirzinger.

Litigating Transgender and Intersex Rights