Here is a copy of my CV  which I also detail below


Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Utah, (2019-Present)

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Pre-Law Adviser, Fort Lewis College, (2014-2019)

Faculty in Residence, Animas Hall, Fort Lewis College (2016-2019)


Cornell University                                                             Ph.D., Government (August 2014)

Dissertation: The United States Supreme Court and National State Expansion, 1789-1997 (nominated for APSA’s Edwin S. Corwin award  for best dissertation in public law, 2015)

Committee: Richard F. Bensel (chair), Michael Jones-Correa, Ken I. Kersch (Boston College), Aziz Rana, and Elizabeth Sanders

Boston College                                     B.A., Political Science and History, cum laude, (2008)


Law and Courts:  Judicial Politics, Constitutional Law: National Powers, Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties, U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Theory, First Amendment Theory, Law & Society, Criminal Justice, Courts and Public Policy

American Politics and Thought: Introduction to American Government, Presidency, American Political Development, American Political Thought, Survey of Western Political Philosophy

Methods: Qualitative Methods, Research Design, Senior Capstone



Dichio, Michael A. 2018. The U.S. Supreme Court and the Centralization of Federal Authority. New York: SUNY Press (in American Constitutionalism series edited by Robert Spitzer)

Book Chapters

Dichio, Michael A. 2019 (forthcoming). “The Problems of Litigating Hardrock Mining” in Brad Clark and Pete McCormick, editors, Gold Metal Waters. Boulder, CO: University of Colorado Press.

Book Review

Dichio, Michael A. 2018. Review of Douglas E. Edlin Common Law Judging: Subjectivity, Impartiality, and the Making of Law (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2016), Law and Politics Book Review, Vol. 28, No. 2: pp. 16-18.

Dichio, Michael A. 2013. Review of Thomas J. Main, ed. Is the American Constitution Obsolete? (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2013), Law and Politics Book Review, Vol. 23, No. 9: pp. 446-451.


  • “The General Mining Act of 1872: State Formation in the Mountain West” (drafted)
  • “The Curious Case of Texas v. Azar” (research in progress, with Phillip Singer)
  • “US Supreme Court Centralization in the 21st Century” (research in progress, with Ilya Somin)
  • “The Political Origins and Constitutional Nature of the United States Court of Claims” (research in progress, with Logan Strother and Ryan Williams)
  • “The Limits of First Amendment Protections: Divergence of Hate and Obscene Speech Jurisprudence” (research in progress)
  • “A Devil’s Pact: Slavery and American Constitutional Obsolescence” (research in progress)


  • Foundation Grant, Fort Lewis College
  • Faculty Development Grant, Fort Lewis College
  • Byron Dare Fellowship, Fort Lewis College
  • John L. Senior Chair of Institutions Grant, Cornell University
  • American Political Science Association Centennial Center Scholar
  • Cornell Graduate School Travel Grant
  • Houston I. Flournoy Graduate Fellow, Cornell University
  • Government Department Travel Grant, Cornell University
  • Russell Sage Graduate Fellowship, Cornell University
  • N.S.F., Research Experience for Undergraduates, Oklahoma State
  • Order of the Cross and Crown, Boston College
  • Advanced Study Grant, Boston College


Fort Lewis College

Introduction to American Government
Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems
Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
Constitutional Law: Federalism and Separation of Powers
American Supreme Court
American Presidency
Senior Research Seminar
Survey of Western Political Thought
Internship Adviser

Cornell University

Instructor of Record, Department of Government, (Freshman Writing Seminar):

  • American Law and Society
  • The Constitution, Sex, Marriage, and Privacy

Resident Tutor and Adviser, Cornell in Washington, Washington, D.C.

  • Research Seminar in American Studies
  • Politics and Policy: Theory, Research, and Practice

Teaching Assistant, Department of Government

  • Congress
  • Introduction to American Government
  • Supreme Court and Crime
  • Constitutional Politics
  • American Political Thought: Madison to Malcolm X



“The General Mining Act of 1872: Resettlement and State Formation in the Mountain West” Western Political Science Association, San Diego, CA, April 18-20 2019


Discussant for “Conflict and Collaboration Federal Systems” panel, American Political Science Association, Boston, MA, August 31-September 2, 2018

“Citizen Suits and the General Mining Act of 1872: Using Citizens to Build the American State,” Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 5-8 2018

Discussant for “Early American State” panel, Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 5-8, 2018


Participant in “Socratic Method Today” module, Teaching & Learning Conference, American Political Science Association, Long Beach, CA, February 10-12, 2017


“Problems of Litigating Hardrock Mining,” Western Political Science Association, San Diego, CA, March 24-26, 2016


“The U.S. Supreme Court and National State Development, 1789-1920”
Western Political Science Association, Las Vegas, NV, April 2015


“The Constitutional Foundations of the American Central State, 1789-2010.” Northeast Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, November 2013

“The Supreme Court and American State Expansion, 1870-1930.” Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 11-14, 2013


“The Supreme Court and Patterns of American State Development, 1789-2011.” Policy History Conference, Richmond, VA, June 6-9, 2012

“The Supreme Court and Patterns of American State Development, 1789-2011.” Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 12-15, 2012

“The Supreme Court and Patterns of American State Development, 1789-2011.” Western Political Science Association, Portland, OR, March 22-24, 2012


“The Supreme Court and American State Development, 1789-2011.” New England Political Science Conference, Hartford, CT, April 28-30, 2011


“Categories and Consequences: The Legal Construction of Reality in American Political Development.” New England Political Science Conference, Newport, RI, April 22-24, 2010

 Invited participant, Constitutional Law “Schmooze” Baltimore, MD hosted by Mark Graber, February 2010


“The Constitution and Campaign Finance,” League of Women Voters, Oct. 2017

“Congressional and Legislative Tracking,” Indivisible Durango, February 2017

“Electoral College: Past, Present, and Future,” League of Women Voters, May 2017


College-Wide Service

  • Honors Council Committee, member, (August 2018-Present)
  • Teaching Innovation, Pedagogy and Assessment Committee, member, (August 2018-Present)
  • “Common Ground” Diversity Trained Facilitator, (May 2017-Present)
  • Political Science Department Assessment, Member, (September 2015-Present)
  • Awards Committee, Member, (January 2017-April 2018)
  • Strategic Enrollment Planning Committee, Elected Member, (March 2017-July 2017)
  • Faculty Senator, Elected Member, (Fall 2016-Present)
  • Faculty in Residence, Animas Hall, (Fall 2016-Present)
  • Faculty Mentor, (Fall 2016-Present)
  • LGBTQ+ Safe Zone Ally, Member/Representative, (May 2016-Present)
  • Constitution Day Coordinator, (Fall 2014-Present)
  • Pre-Law Program Coordinator and Adviser, (Fall 2014-Present)
  • Pre-Law Assessment Coordinator, (Fall 2014-Present)

Department Service

  • Political Science Program Review, Member, (September 2016-May 2017)
  • Technical Services Librarian Search Committee, (Spring 2016)
  • Visiting Instructor of Philosophy Search Committee, (Spring 2016)
  • Political Science Tenure-Track Search Committee, (2015-2016)
  • Political Science Club Adviser (Fall 2015-Present)
  • Co-Director, Teaching Assistant Trainer, Department of Government, Cornell University, (2011-2012)


  • Common Ground Facilitator
  • Safe Zone LGBTQ+ Ally Training
  • Inter-university Consortium on Political and Social Research
  • Presenting Data and Information with Edward Tufte
  • Institute for Constitutional Studies Seminar
  • Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research
  • Empirical Legal Workshop
  • Institute for Constitutional Studies Research Workshop
  • Pedagogy Course (Writing 7100: Teaching Writing)


Richard F. Bensel (chair)
Gary S. Davis Professor of Government and Associate Chair
White Hall 214
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853

Ken I. Kersch
Professor of Political Science, History, and Law
McGuinn Hall 219
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-380

Elizabeth Sanders
Professor of Government
White Hall 214
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-2305

Aziz F. Rana
Professor of Law
Cornell Law School
236 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Justin McBrayer
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Chair of the Department of Political Science & Philosophy
Fort Lewis College
Noble Hall 220
Durango, CO 81301


American Political Science Association
Midwest Political Science Association
Western Political Science Association
American Association of University Professors