Assistant Professor of Political Science. Ph.D., Boston College, 2011; J.D., Georgetown University, 2004.
Paul Nolette is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. Prof. Nolette's teaching and research interests focus on the interplay between politics and law. His current research projects explore the politics of litigation, including how lawsuits are used to pursue policy change. His forthcoming book, Federalism on Trial: State Attorneys General and National Policymaking in Contemporary America (University Press of Kansas, March 2015), examines how modern-day state litigators have brought legal actions against large corporations and the federal government as a way to influence national policy. Prof. Nolette has also examined the politics of state attorneys general in articles appearing in Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Law & Social Inquiry, and Polity.
In addition to exploring the causes and political consequences of state-initiated litigation across American political history, Prof. Nolette is also interested in the politics of the American legal profession. His newest research project focuses on the contributions of the organized bar to American political development and the construction of the modern American state. Prof. Nolette is also working on a co-authored project examining the global spread of constitutional courts.
Prof. Nolette completed his Ph.D. in political science at Boston College prior to joining the Marquette faculty in the fall of 2011. He also received a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2004 and a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Anselm College in 2001. After law school, Prof. Nolette worked in a litigation law firm and later served as the legal counsel for the Labor and Workforce Development Committee in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
Nolette, Paul. 2014. "Law Enforcement as Legal Mobilization: Reforming the Pharmaceutical Industry through Government Litigation." Law & Social Inquiry (forthcoming).
Nolette, Paul. 2014. "State Litigation during the Obama Administration: Diverging Agendas in an Era of Polarized Politics." Publius: The Journal of Federalism 44(3): 451-474.
Nolette, Paul. 2013. "Gubernatorial Power and the Nationalization of State Politics." Tulsa Law Review 49(2): 279-289 (review essay).
Nolette, Paul. 2012. "Litigating the Public Interest in the Gilded Age: Common Law Business Regulation by Nineteenth-Century State Attorneys General." Polity 44(3): 373-399.
Nolette, Paul. 2003. "Lessons Learned From South Africa's Constitutional Court: Towards a Third Way of Judicial Enforcement of Socio-Economic Rights." Michigan State Journal of International Law 12(1): 91-119.