- Assistant Professor
- Pettengill Hall, Room 178
Wesleyan University (B.A., 1998)
New York University (M.A., 2001)
Yale University (M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., 2009)
Stephen Engel conducts research and teaches courses in American political development, constitutional law, and social movements, particularly LGBTQ political and legal mobilization. His most recent book, American Politicians Confront the Courts: Opposition Politics and Changing Responses to Judicial Power (Cambridge University Press 2011) is a cross-institutional analysis that examines how changing understandings over time of loyal opposition has influenced elected branch relations with the federal judiciary. His previous book, The Unfinished Revolution: Social Movement Theory and the Gay and Lesbian Movement (Cambridge University Press 2001) evaluates how the distinct political institutional environments of the US and the UK affected the development, strategies, and goals of the LGBTQ rights movements in each country. He is currently working on a research concerning state regulation and recognition of sexuality and citizenship, one part of which examines how achieving reform on one rights claim of a multifaceted civil rights agenda affects the pursuit of and support for other rights claims that comprise that agenda. His work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the American Bar Foundation, the Yale University Center for the Study of American Politics, and the Yale University Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies. His scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in Studies in American Political Development, The Journal of the Philosophy of Education, Advertising & Society Review, and Law & Social Inquiry.
American Politicians Confront the Court: Opposition Politics and Changing Responses to Judicial Power. New York: Cambridge University Press. 2011. http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item6435245/?site_locale=en_US
The Unfinished Revolution: Social Movement Theory and the Gay and Lesbian Movement. New York: Cambridge University Press. 2001. http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item1113863/?site_locale=en_US
Articles and Books Chapters
“Frame Spillover: Media Framing and Public Opinion of a Multifaceted Rights Agenda,” Law and Social Inquiry (forthcoming, 2012)
“Assessing Presidential Manipulations of Federal Judicial Power” in The Politics of Judicial Independence, Bruce Peabody, ed. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010).
“Before the Countermajoritarian Difficulty: Regime Unity, Loyal Opposition, and Hostilities toward Judicial Authority in Early America,” Studies in American Political Development 23 (Fall 2009).
“Political Education in/as the Practice of Freedom: A Paradoxical Defense from the Perspective of Michael Oakeshott.” Journal of the Philosophy of Education 41 (September 2007).
“Organizational Identity as a Constraint on Strategic Action: A Comparative Study of Gay and Lesbian Interest Groups.” Studies in American Political Development 21 (Spring 2007).
“History of Racial Politics in the US” in Racism, Xenophobia, and Redistribution: A Study of Multi-Issue Politics in Advanced Democracies. John Roemer et.al. (Cambridge: Harvard University Press and Russell Sage, 2006).
“Marketing Everyday Life: The Postmodern Commodity Aesthetic of Abercrombie & Fitch.” Advertising & Society Review 5 (October 2004).
“Making a Minority: Understanding the Formation of the Gay and Lesbian Movement in the US.” Handbook of Gay and Lesbian Studies. Diane Richardson and Steven Seidman, eds. (London: Sage, 2002).