Otis H. Stephens, Jr.

Stephens Otis
  • Emeriti Alumni Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science

  • A.B., 1957, M.A., 1958, University of Georgia
    Ph.D., 1963, Johns Hopkins University
    J.D., 1983, University of Tennessee

  • Location: Room 377
  • Phone Number: 974-6828
  • Email: ostephen@utk.edu
  • Courses Taught: Advanced Constitutional Law, Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Supreme Court Decision Making, Administrative Law, Law and Public Policy


Publications of Otis H. Stephens, Jr.

Professor Stephens, a distinguished member of the University's political science faculty since 1967, became the College of Law's Resident Scholar of Constitutional Law in 2000. He retired in 2012.

Professor Stephens has authored, co-authored, or edited six books on the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court and published numerous articles, book reviews, and professional papers. He held a post doctoral fellowship at Harvard Law School and, in addition to UT, has taught at Johns Hopkins University and Georgia Southern College.



Biography of Otis H. Stephens, Jr.

 Books, Chapters & Essays

Presidential Power, Judicial Deference and the Status of Detainees in an Age of Terrorism, in American National Security and Civil Liberties in an Era of Terrorism edited by David B. Cohen and John W. Wells  (Palgrave, Macmillan, forthcoming 2004).

Biographical Essays on St. George Tucker and Benjamin N. Cardozo in Great American Judges: An Encyclopedia, edited by John R. Vile (ABC-CLIO 2003).

Equal Protestion of the Laws, Oxford Companion to American Law, edited by Kermit Hall (Oxford University Press, 2002), 265-68.

Co-author, American Constitutional Law (West Publishing Co., 1993, 2nd ed., West/Wadsworth, 1999) (3rd ed. 2003).

Co-author, American Constitutional Law: Essays and Cases (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988).

Co-author, The Supreme Court and the Allocation of Constitutional Power (W.H. Freeman Co., 1980).

The Supreme Court and Confessions of Guilt, (University of Tennessee Press, 1973).


Contributor to Marbury v. Madison: 200 Years of Judicial Review in America, symposium, 70 Tenn. L. Rev. No. 4, 2003.

Co-author, Campus Hate Speech and Equal Protection: Competing Constitutional Values, 6 Widener J. Public L 349 (1997).

The Tennessee Constitution and the Dynamics of American Federalism, 61 Tenn. L. Rev. 707 (1994).

Patterns of Mitigating Factors in Juvenile Death Penalty Cases, 29 Crim. L. Bul. 246 (1992).

Edited Work

Guest editor, special issue on the Rehnquist Court, Southeastern Political Review 23: (September 1995), 379-556.

Book Reviews

A History of the Tennessee Supreme Court, edited by James E. Ely, Jr. (39 Tennessee Bar Journal 24 January, 2003).

Steven D. Smith, Foreordained Failure: The Quest for a Constitutional Principle, 6 Law and Politics Book Review 20 (1996).

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