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Political Science Program

School of Politics, Public Affairs & International Studies

Dr. Maggi Murdock

Professor · Public Law · Ph.D. - Tufts University

Office Hours: T, 1:30-3; W, 9-10:30

Maggi Murdock joined the University of Wyoming faculty in 1975 in the Department of Political Science.   After two years on the UW-Laramie campus, Maggi moved to the University's Casper program, where she served on the UW faculty, teaching both Political Science and Criminal Justice courses, from 1977 to 2000.  She was a visiting faculty member at Gustavus Adolphus College (Minnesota) in 1997.  In 1990 Maggi was appointed as dean of the University of Wyoming-Casper branch campus and served in that position until 2000.  From 2001 until 2013 she served as associate vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of the Outreach School. 

Maggi is the recipient of the John P. Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award and the George Duke Humphrey Distinguished Faculty Award.  She and her husband, Nick, live in both Laramie and Casper, and have two grown children and three grandchildren.

Teaching Interests

Maggi teaches courses in public law, political violence, and a First Year Seminar on the First Amendment. She has taught on the Laramie campus, the UW-Casper campus, and through a variety of distance technologies.


POLS 1101 - First Year Seminar (Dangerous Ideas: The 1st Amendment in Theory and Practice)

POLS 4110 - Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Rights

POLS 4600 - Political Violence

POLS 4140 - Criminal Legal Procedure

Research Interests

Maggi's research interests have included childhood political socialization, judicial retention, Native American politics, collaborative processes, and distance education.


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