Christine Nemacheck

Wilson & Martha Claiborne Stephens Associate Professor

Office: Tyler 346
Email: [[clnema]]
Office Phone: 757-221-3133
Office Hours: Tues 3:30-5PM, Thurs 3:30-4PM

Research Interests

American Politics, Judicial Politics


Professor Christine Nemacheck joined the Department in 2002.  She is an Associate Professor of Government at The College of William & Mary and is Associate Chair of the Department. In addition, Nemacheck serves as the College's pre-law advisor.  She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. from The George Washington University. Her research focuses on judicial selection and the role of the courts in a separation-of-powers system. Her book, Strategic Selection: Presidential Selection of Supreme Court Justices from Herbert Hoover through George W. Bush, was published in 2007. Other work on judicial selection has appeared in political science and law review journals. Her research, which is primarily archival, has been funded by numerous grants and awards from presidential library foundations. She is also the co-author, along with David Magleby and Paul Light, of Government by the People, an introductory American politics textbook.  Nemacheck has received a number of awards for her teaching and research activity, including the Alumni Fellowship Award for excellence in teaching at The College of William & Mary and a Coco Faculty Fellowship.  She was named a Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer in 2010 and was an Alumni Memorial Term Distinguished Associate Professor from 2010-2013. She is the former co-editor of the Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics, which was housed at The College of William & Mary between the fall 2010 and spring 2013 semesters.  She is also the co-director of the Dunn Civil Liberties Project and supervises students' independent civil liberties research associated with the Project.

Professor Nemacheck has been the College's Pre-Law Advisor since the fall 2007. The Pre-Law Advising website can be found at:


Government 201: Introduction to American Politics

Government 372: American Legal Process

Goverment 373: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Government Department Seminars

  • Federalism and the United States Supreme Court
  • The Supreme Court's Religious Liberties Jurisprudence
  • Constitutional Law
  • The Politics of Religious Liberties

Dunn Civil Liberties Workshops & Research Seminars

William & Mary in Washington Semester Program (fall 2006):  Courting Politics, Politicking the Courts: The Intersections of Law and Politics