Dr. Tracy Lightcap

Professor of Political Science

Dr. Tracy LightcapI am Tracy Lightcap, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science here at LaGrange College. I received my Ph.D. from Emory University (1980) and I have taught at LaGrange College since 1991. I teach courses on law and the courts and on other aspects of the American polity. I share teaching the required courses in our major with my colleague, Dr. John Tures. I direct LaGrange College's Capitol Hill Internship Program. I am part of the task force teaching the College's core course on the American experience and I teach our freshman Cornerstone course as well. My major fields of interest and scholarship are American political institutions, judicial politics and public law, comparative judicial systems and judicial administration, and, most recently, the influence of informal institutions on policymaking. In the last few years I've published papers concerning judicial reform efforts in Costa Rica, factors affecting the consolidation of American state judicial systems, and the evaluation of multidisciplinary general education programs. My present work involves a forthcoming book, The Politics of Torture, on the emergence of torture as an interrogation technique in the War on Terror. I have linked some of these studies below in both gated and ungated versions. You'll also find my vita and syllabi for some of my current classes here as well.

Syllabi for My Classes

My Curriculum Vita

Some Recent Papers