Nicholas Buccola

Political science Professor Nicholas Buccola teaches and researches American politics, including contemporary issues such as same-sex marriage, social justice, contemporary moral controversies, and political liberals and conservatives. Other areas of expertise include the Supreme Court and constitutional law.

He is the founding director of the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice at Linfield College.

His book, The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass: In Pursuit of American Liberty, has garnered praise for its relevancy and insight. The biography was published by New York University Press in 2012, and highlights the life of Douglass, a slave who became one the most influential activists and orators of the 19th century.

In addition to academic publications, Buccola has published opinion columns and provided political commentary in regional and national newspapers and journals, including The Oregonian, Dallas Morning News, Baltimore Sun, Dissent magazine and Reason magazine.


Nicholas Buccola
Political Science Department
Linfield College
(503) 883-2246


PhD, Political Science, University of Southern California
MA, University of Southern California
BA, Santa Clara University


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