Professor Decker specializes in U.S. political and legal history. His book The Other Rights Revolution: Conservative Lawyers and the Remaking of American Government was published by Oxford University Press in 2016. This book is the story of the non-profit, “public interest” lawyers of the American right. It describes how a network of policy-minded attorneys challenged the U.S. regulatory state in the name of property rights and economic freedom. And it shows how their efforts helped to change the size and shape of American government.
At the moment, Professor Decker is writing a political and policy history of the 1982-2000 bull market in U.S. stocks, tentatively titled Bull: The Stock Market and the Politics of Financial Security, 1974-2000.
Courses for major credit in Political Science Law and Society Money and Modern America American Conservatism U.S. Life during the Cold War
Courses in American Studies Introduction to American Studies Approaches to American Studies: Messing with Nature Decade in American Culture: the 1980s Junior Seminar in American Studies: Law, Courts and Justice in the United States
Graduate Course in Political Science American Political Development