FACULTY RESIDENTIAL FELLOW
Jeffrey R. Dudas is Associate Professor of Political Science and Affiliate Faculty of American Studies at the University of Connecticut. He specializes in the areas of American law, politics, and culture and focuses, in particular, on the many facets of the American politics of rights. He joined the UCONN Political Science department in 2004 after earning the M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Professor Dudas is the author of The Cultivation of Resentment: Treaty Rights and the New Right (Stanford University Press 2008) and his scholarship has appeared in Law, Culture, and the Humanities, Law and Society Review, Law and Social Inquiry, Studies in Law, Politics, and Society and in numerous edited volumes.
While at the Humanities Institute, Professor Dudas will complete a book manuscript entitled Regeneration through Rights: Law, Family, and the Making of Modern American Conservatism, which interrogates the familial anxieties and fantasies that inform modern American conservatism. The book offers in-depth portraits of how prominent American conservatives (such as William F. Buckley, Jr., Ronald Reagan, and Clarence Thomas) obsessively employ a distinctive rights-based discourse that links the capacity for virtuous civic behavior to a personal history of growing up in conventional family settings, particularly ones that featured strong paternal and weak maternal authority. Regeneration through Rights finds that this widely-shared obsession with the familial dynamics that allegedly produce virtuous, rights-bearing citizens is the unifying and regenerative force of modern American conservatism.