Staff profile

Helen Knowles

Associate Professor
Advisement Coordinator


448 Mahar Hall

Office hours

Tue/Thu 9:45 - 10:45 and 2:30 - 3:30
and by appointment

Dr. Knowles received her Ph.D. from Boston University. She teaches classes in American law and politics. Her research focuses on legal theory and history. She is the author of The Tie Goes to Freedom: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on Liberty, and co-editor (with Steven B. Lichtman) of Judging Free Speech: First Amendment Jurisprudence of Supreme Court Justices. She has also authored numerous articles, including one that won the Hughes-Gossett award from the Supreme Court Historical Society. She is currently working on a book about the nineteenth century American abolitionists who argued — before the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — that slavery was unconstitutional.

Classes taught

  • POL 215 - Law and Courts
  • POL 338 - Politics and Film
  • POL 345 - American Constitutional Law
  • POL 355 - Civil Liberties
  • POL 356 - Freedom of Speech