R. Shep Melnick

Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Professor of American Politics

Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences


R. Shep Melnick is the Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Professor of American Politics at Boston College and co-chair of the Harvard Program on Constitutional Government.  He is the author of The Transformation of Title IX:  Regulating Gender Equality in Education, (Brookings, 2018), Between the Lines:  Interpreting Welfare Rights (Brookings,1994), and Regulation and the Courts:  The Case of the Clean Air Act (Brookings, 1983), as well as many articles on courts, agencies, and public policy. He is currently completing a book on education and the civil rights state.  In 2012 he received the American Political Science Association Law and Courts Section’s “Lasting Contribution” award.  He has also been a Research Associate at Brookings, President of the New England Political Science Association, and an elected member of the NH House of Representatives.