Thomas A. Schmeling
address & Contact Information
Department of Political Science
Rhode Island College
600 Mt. Pleasant Ave.
Providence, RI 02908
Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999.
Dissertation: The Dynamics of American Law: A Diffusion of Innovations Perspective.
Major fields: Law & Politics, Political Methodology (Distinction), Political Philosophy.
Graduate Study, University of Chicago, 1981-82.
B.A. with honors, St. Olaf College, 1980.
Majors in Philosophy and Political Science, Distinction in Political Science.
Associate Professor, Rhode Island College, 2006-present
Assistant Professor, Rhode Island College, 2001-2006..
Visiting Assistant Professor, Rutgers University-New Brunswick. 2000-2001.
Visiting Assistant Professor, St. Joseph's University. 1999-2000.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Skidmore College. Summers 1999, 2000 & 2001.
Visiting Instructor, Dartmouth College. Fall 1998.
Instructor, Skidmore College. 1991-98.
Visiting Instructor, Skidmore College. 1987-91.
Courses taught (selected)
Courts & Public Policy; Constitutional Law; Law and Politics of Civil Rights; Civil Liberties; Jurisprudence; American Government & Politics; Development of American Democracy; Introduction to Politics; Public Policy Formation; Introductory Methods & Statistics; Criminal Law & Procedure; Law and Society.
"Counting on the States: The Impact of State Law Development on the Exercise of Judicial Review". Judicature (Forthcoming 2007)
“Stag Hunting With the State AG: Anti-Tobacco Litigation and the Emergence of Cooperation Among State Attorneys General”, Law and Policy (October, 2003).
Book Review: Sloane, et al. Drinkers, Drivers and Bartenders. Law & Politics Book Review, Vol. 10 No. 10 (October, 2000).
Book Review: Finkel. Commonsense Justice Law & Politics Book Review, Vol. 6, No. 4 (April, 1996).
Probing the Secrets of the Solicitor General's Power. American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, August/September 2006.
Constitutional Development from the Bottom Up: State Law and Supreme Court Decisions.. Law and Society Association, Chicago, July 2006.
That Dreadful Class of Evils: Supreme Court Countermajoritarianism in Cases Invalidating State Laws, 1954-2003. American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C., September 2005.
Supreme Court Counter-Majoritarianism Revisited: Warren Court Cases Invalidating State Laws, 1954-1969. Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 2005.
Of Courts and Legislatures: Comity, Conflict and Cooperation in the Policy Process. Law and Society Association, Chicago, June 2004.
Targeting Justice: Policy Entrepreneurship, Political Backlash & The New Politics of State Attorney General Races. New England Political Science Association, April 2004.
Stag Hunting with the State A.G.: Anti-Tobacco Litigation and the Emergence of Cooperation Among State Attorneys General. Law & Society Association, Pittsburgh, June 2003.
Playing the Litigation Game: Cooperation and Coordination Among State Attorneys General in Multistate Lawsuits New England Political Science Association, Providence, May 2003.
Courts and Legislatures in the Diffusion of Policy Innovations: A Competing Risks Model. Northeastern Political Science Association, Providence, November 2002.
Listening for the Dog that Doesn't Bark: An Examination of the Effects of Stare Decisis in State Supreme Courts. Law & Society Association. Vancouver BC, June 2002.
Reassessing the Significance of Stare Decisis. New England Political Science Association, May 2002.
Sample Selection Effects and the Success of the Federal Government Before the US Supreme Court. Law & Society Association. Miami Beach, May 2000.
Do More Justices Mean Less Justice? Court Size and Efficiency. Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago, April 2000.
Constitutional Adjudication as Degradation Ritual: The Impact of Bowers v. Hardwick. Law and Society Association. Chicago. May, 1999.
Dynamics of Judicial Innovation: A Diffusion Approach Employing a Sample-Selection Model. Northeastern Political Science Association Boston, November, 1998.
The Diffusion of Legal Innovations: A Re-examination. American Political Science Association. Boston, September, 1998.
The Diffusion of Legal Issues Among State Courts: An Event History Analysis. Law and Society Association. Aspen. June, 1998.
Arguing the Punishment: Jury Nullification and Instructions on Sentencing in 'Three Strikes' Cases. Law and Society Association. Toronto, June, 1995.
Revisiting the Diffusion of Doctrinal Innovations: A Case Study and Research Note . Law and Society Association. Phoenix, June, 1993.
Panel Chair, Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, 2006
Publisher's Reviewer, WW. Norton Co., Ginsberg, Lowi and Weir, We the People, 2005.
Publisher's Reviewer, CQ Press, Barbour, Wright, Streb & Wolf, Keeping the Republic, 2005.
Manuscript Reviewer, Law and Society Review, 2004
Publisher's Reviewer, CQ Press, Susan Mezey, Behind Closed Doors: Gay Rights in Law & Politics, 2004.
Panel Chair, Law and Society Association Annual meeting, 2003.
Publisher’s Reviewer, Van Geel, Understanding Supreme Court Opinions 2d Edition, 1997.
Director, Bachelor of General Studies Program, 2004-2007.
Council of Rhode Island College:
Chair of Council, 2005-2006, reelected 2006-2007
Executive Committee member, 2004-2007
Department Representative, 2002-2007
Joint AFT/Administration Committee on Faculty Evaluation, 2006
Committee on Committees, 2004-2006
Chair, American Democracy Project- Campus, Culture and Climate Committee, 2003-2004.
Moderator, Presidential Election Panel "Antidotes for Addicts", 2004.
Organizer, Constitution Day/ James Madison Event and Video, 2005.
Campus Coordinator, James Madison Foundation, 2002-present.
Campus Coordinator, Truman Scholarships, 2002-present.
Pre-Law Advisor (Skidmore)
Director, Law and Society Program (Skidmore)
Faculty Advisor and Founder, Alpha Beta Epsilon Chapter, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honors Society, 2002-present.
Faculty Advisor, Political Science Club, 2001-present.
American Politics Position Search Committee 2005.
Political Science Advisement Committee 2005.
Departmental Representative to College Honors Program 2005.
Honors Thesis Supervisor, Ryan Fitzpatrick. 2005.
Honors Thesis Supervisor, April Knights, 2005.
Honors Thesis Supervisor, Nichole Magnifico, 2005.
Grants & honors
Rhode Island College. $1,600 Faculty Research Grant, 2004.
Pi Sigma Alpha. $865 Chapter Grant from National Organization, 2004
Selected by senior class to give Cap & Gown address, May 2006.
Related community service
Co-President, Nathanael Greene Middle School Parent-Teacher Organization, 2005-2006., reelected 2006-2007.
Appointed Member- Superintendent's Committee on the Future of Nathan Bishop Middle School, 2006.
Co-founder and Communications Director, East Side Public Education Coalition.
Law and Society Association.
American Judicature Society.
American Political Science Association.
Midwest Political Science Association.