Scott Barclay

School Director, Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment
WEST Campus


Scott Barclay is the Director of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. He received his PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University and his BA from the University of Queensland in Australia.

He recently served as a Program Director in the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate at the National Science Foundation. He has held positions at Drexel University, UCLA, University at Albany, University of Washington, and UC Santa Cruz.  His ongoing research project explores the interplay of political, demographic, and social movement factors that influence the deployment of law. His research have been published in Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, Political Research Quarterly, Perspectives on Politics, and Law and Policy. His research findings have been directly referenced in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times.


PhD, Northwestern University

Department of Political Science                                                                                     

LLB (Years 1 and 2 only), University of Queensland

Department of Law

BA Honours (First), University of Queensland

Department of Government



Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
SBS 304 Social Statistics I
SBS 404 Social Statistics II: Multivar