John C. Blakeman

Title: Professor and Departmental Chair
Eugene Katz College of Letters and Science Distinguished Faculty Member
Office: CCC 482
Phone: (715) 346-4111




Constitutional Law I:  Federalism and Separation of Powers; Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Liberties; Law and Society; Religion and Politics; European Politics; Politics of the EU.


Prof. Blakeman grew up in southeastern Kentucky in the heart of Appalachia.  While he's lost his hillbilly twang, he retains his Alvin York outlook on life.  Prof. Blakeman loves to fish and from time to time tries to advise and coach the UWSP Men's Rugby Club.  He's a former rugby player himself​, having played for Wake Forest Univ., Univ. of Glasgow, Hampstead (North London), and the infamous Waco Geezers (Waco, Texas).  He advised and coached the Men's Rugby Club at Baylor University, and helped coach them to the USA Rugby Collegiate Division II National Championship in 2001.  Blakeman is an IRB certified rugby referee with degenerating eyesight and most recently refereed in London​ with the London Society of Rugby Referees. He previously taught at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and has been at UWSP since 2003


The U.S. Supreme Court and the New Federalism:  From the Rehnquist to the Roberts Court
Rowman & Littlefield, 2012.
By John C. Blakeman (UWSP) and Chris Banks (Kent State University).
See reviews, table of contents, and other information here:


The Law and Politics book review is available here, and the Choice Review is here. The Publius review is available here.  The Journal of Supreme Court History review is here.

The Bible in the Park: Religious Speech, Public Forums, and Federal District Courts by John C. Blakeman. (University of Akron, Series on Law, Politics, and Society, 2005).

Check out the Law and Politics book review

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