William Haltom

Professor, Politics and Government

Bill Haltom has taught American Politics, especially Courts and Public Law, since 1986 and has published on politics and language, on mass media, and on popular culture. On politics and language, he coauthored with Dr. Hans Ostrom the monograph Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” in the Age of Pseudocracy (2018). On mass media and courts he coauthored with Dr. Michael McCann Distorting the Law: Politics, Media, and the Litigation Crisis, which won the C. Herman Pritchett Award for the best book that year on public law and the Herbert Jacob Book Prize from The Law and Society Association. Haltom has also published with Professor McCann articles and chapters about how mass media report civil litigation: “Litigation, Mass Media, and the Campaign to Criminalize the Firearms Industry” (2014); “Criminalizing Big Tobacco: Legal Mobilization and the Politics of Responsibility for Health Risks in the United States” (2013); “America’s Culture of Litigation,” in New Directions in Judicial Politics (2012); and “Framing Fast Food Litigation: Tort Claims, Mass Media, and the Politics of Responsibility in the United States,” in Fault Lines: Tort Law and Cultural Practice (2009). On popular culture, his labor of love "The Laws of God, the Laws of Man: Power, Authority, and Influence in ’Cool Hand Luke’” in Legal Studies Forum (1998) interpreted politics and politicking through popular culture. His current projects include two papers, ”What Goldilocks, Sherlock Holmes, Modules, and Maps Might Yet Teach Me about Teaching U. S. Government and Politics” and “No Matter How Cynical You Get, You Cannot Keep Up with American Politics.”

BA University of Washington 1975
MA University of Washington 1978
Ph.D University of Washington 1984

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