College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Scott Peters

  • Political Science

    Administrative Faculty - Department Head and Professor of Political Science


    Ph.D. University of Kentucky (1998)

    M.A. University of Kentucky (1996) 

    B.A. Truman State University (1993)

    Courses Taught

    Constitutional Law, Civil Rights & Liberties, Law & Politics, Law & the Courts, Introduction to American Politics, Analyzing Politics

    Research Interests

    My research focuses on state supreme court elections. In particular, I am interested in the effectiveness of various ethical restrictions that states place on judicial candidates. I am also interested in the role of interest groups in judicial elections today, and the effects of television advertising and other sophisticated campaigning techniques that are increasingly used in these elections.

    Teaching Interests

    American politics, especially the judicial system.


    Pre-law advisor and advisor to UNI Pre-Law Club
    Former Chair of UNI Faculty and Faculty Senate


    Selected Publications

    Regulating Judicial Elections: Assessing State Codes of Judicial Conduct. 2017. Routledge.

    “Justice(s) Denied: A County-Level Analysis of the 2010 Iowa Supreme Court Retention Election.” (With Andrew J. Clopton). 2013. Justice System Journal, 34(3): 321-344.

    “Canons of Ethics and Accountability in State Supreme Court Election, 1998-2006.” 2009. State Politics and Policy Quarterly, 9(1): 24-55.

    “Campaigning for State Supreme Court 2006”. 2008. Justice System Journal, 29(2): 166-186.

    “Getting Attention: The Effect of Legal Mobilization on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Attention to Issues.” 2007. Political Research Quarterly, 60(3): 561.

    “Canons, Cost and Competition in State Supreme Court Elections.” 2007. Judicature, 91(1):27-35.