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Long_Carolyn1wCarolyn Long

Associate Professor

Office: VMMC 102A, WSU Vancouver
Phone: 360-546-9043
Vancouver Website


Dr. Long is the Sam Reed Distinguished Professor in Civic Education and Public Civility and an associate professor in the School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs. She received her B.A. with majors in political science and rhetoric and communication from the University of Oregon in 1989 and her Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University in 1997.

Her research interests focus on American Institutions, Public Law and American Public Policy. She is the author of two books, Religious Freedom and Indian Rights: The Case of Oregon v. Smith, which was a finalist for the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, and was on Choice Magazine’s 2001 Outstanding Academic Titles List, and Mapp v. Ohio:  Guarding against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures which received an Honorable Mention in Legal History from The Langum Project for Historical Literature in 2007.

She is currently working on a book on Newdow v. U.S. Congress: The Pledge and the Ninth Circuit for the University Press of Kansas. Carolyn was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Ljubljana School of Social Sciences in 2009-2010.

She has taught courses on the American Constitution, Civil Liberties, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, The Judicial Process, Administrative Jurisprudence, Congressional Politics, Public Policy and American Institutions at WSUV since 1995.

Past awards include the President’s Award for Leadership and Engagement, Washington State University (2015), and the Excellence in Institutional Service Award, College or Arts and Sciences, Washington State University (2014).

Long’s past administrative experience includes service as the Interim Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at Washington State University Vancouver (2012-2013), Associate Director of the College of Arts and Sciences (2012), Associate Director of the College of Liberal Arts (2006-2008; 2010-2012), and Director of the Program in Public Affairs (2004-2007).