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Department of Political Science

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Brad Epperly

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: Gambrell, 338


Professor Epperly joined the faculty at South Carolina in 2013. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, where he was the Titus Ellison Fellow for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies. At USC he teaches courses on law and courts, comparative politics, and political institutions. In 2018, Professor Epperly was one of four faculty at the University awarded the Michael J. Mungo Award for outstanding undergraduate teaching.


Professor Epperly's research and teaching interests focus broadly on law and politics. Specifically, he is interested in the rule of law globally and in the United States, including issues relating to the conditions and institutions that support it, what it does, and how it is subverted.

Selected Publications 

Brad Epperly and Jacqueline Sievert. Forthcoming.“Conflict and Courts: Civil War and Judicial Independence Across Democracies.” Political Research Quarterly

Brad Epperly, Christopher Witko, Ryan Strickler, and Paul White. Forthcoming. “Rule by Violence, Rule by Law: Lynching, Jim Crow, and the Continuing Evolution of Voter Suppression in the U.S.” Perspectives on Politics

Brad Epperly. 2018. “(Re)examining the Insurance Model of Judicial Independence Across Democracies.” Journal of Law and Courts

Brad Epperly. 2017. “Political Competition and Judicial Independence in Non-Democracies.” European Journal of Political Research

Brad Epperly. 2013. “The Provision of Insurance? Judicial Independence and the Post-Tenure Fate of Leaders.” Journal of Law and Courts

Brad Epperly. 2011. “Institutions and Legacies: Electoral Volatility in the Postcommunist World.” Comparative Political Studies

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