Donna C. Schuele

Donna C. Schuele

Donna C. Schuele is a faculty member in the political science department at California State University, Los Angeles. She teaches courses in civil rights and civil liberties; government power and accountability; American constitutional and legal history; gender, politics, and law; and the Supreme Court. In addition she regularly teaches lifelong learning courses for the Road Scholar program and the Chautauqua Institution, and speaks to community groups such as the League of Women Voters. She was awarded a Recognition for Teaching Excellence by the American Political Science Association in 2013. Her research focuses on the interaction of law and politics in American society across the nineteenth and twentieth century. She is currently writing a biography of retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and most recently contributed the essay, "Love, Honor, and the Power of Law: Probating the Avila Estate in Frontier California," to On the Borders of Love and Power: Families and Kinship in the Intercultural American Southwest (2012). Her work has also been published in the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, Law & Social Inquiry, the American Journal of Family Law, Western Legal History, and California History, and her commentaries in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.

Lectures

  • Not Your Father's Liberty: Reproductive Freedom and the Fourteenth Amendment *
  • Losing the Battle but Winning the War: Sandra Day O’Connor, Ronald Reagan, and the Rise of the New Right
  • The Law of War: Presidential Power on the International Stage *
  • The Supreme Court in the Balance: The Role of the Swing Justice *
  • From Barron v. Baltimore (1833) to McDonald v. Chicago (2010): Gun Control and the Constitution
  • The Road to Obamacare Runs through Reagan Country: The Legacy of Nixon's and Reagan's Efforts to Reshape the Supreme Court
  • "The Importance of Being Chisholm": Race, Gender, and Politics in the Life of Shirley Chisholm
  • Clinging to Eastern Petticoats? Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, and the California Woman Suffrage Movement
  • Grass-Roots Constitutionalism: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Campaign for Woman Suffrage
  • Love, Honor, and the Power of Law: The Transformation of Families and Land in Frontier California


Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.