Dr. Seth Greenfest



Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science beginning fall 2012.

CSB Office: Main 410A


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Spring 2014 Courses:

  • FYS - First Year Seminar
  • POLS 224, Courts, Law & Policy
  • POLS 334, U.S. Bureaucracy/Regulatory Law

Do you receive student loans?  Pay taxes?  Drive a car?  Chances are, if you've engaged in these activities or countless others, you've come into contact with an administrative agency - parts of the federal government that run programs that touch on all aspects of American's lives.  Agencies like the EPA, OSHA, or Homeland Security issue rules and regulations to protect things like the environment, workers, and our borders.  The course will also address fundamental questions regarding democracy and accountability.  For those interested in American politics generally, and the law specifically, this course will provide a framework for understanding administrative agencies and administrative law. 


Short Bio:

Seth W. Greenfest (Ph.D., University of Washington) recently moved to Minnesota from Seattle Washington where he completed his graduate work in political science.  Focusing on the study of the U.S. federal judiciary, Dr. Greenfest examines how federal courts set their agendas and examines access to the federal courts.  Prior to graduate school, Dr. Greenfest served as a Legislative Aide in the Ohio State Senate through a program for college graduates, affiliated with the Ohio Legislative Service Commission (for information on this program, see www.lsc.state.oh.us/employment).  Dr. Greenfest lives in St. Cloud with his partner, Mike, and their Golden Retriever, Bella.

Why are you a political scientist?

I view politics as a way in which we work to peacefully settle our problems.  We don't always agree but we use government institutions to channel our passions and interests.  In my studies, I focus on the federal judiciary, including the U.S. Supreme Court, as one avenue through which people try to solve problems they have with each other and government.


"Explaining Congressional Grants of Jurisdiction to the Federal District Courts" has been accepted for publication at Justice System Journal.


Stuart Scheingold Award for Best Paper in Public Law for "Jurisdiction-Granting: Legislative Capacity and Ideological Distance" University of Washington



March 2012

"The Dynamics of Standing: How Congress and the Supreme Court Determine Access to the Federal Courts." Presented at the Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon.


CV attached here.