Dr. Seth Greenfest


Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science beginning fall 2012.

CSB Office: Main 410A

[email protected]

Mock Trial Faculty Advisor


Fall 2014 Courses:


 9:10 am-10:05 am        POLS 211 - Politics and Political Life           

 1:50 pm-2:45 pm           POLS 111 - Intro to US Politics             


 12:45 pm - 2:05 pm        POLS 323 - Constitutional Law             

Wondering why Obamacare was found constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court? Interested in why some U.S. states can choose to legalize marijuana or forbid same-sex marriage? Questioning where "We the People" fit in? Figure out the answers to these and other questions through an introduction to the U.S. Constitution, constitutional interpretation and development, sep-aration-of-powers, federalism, and the structure of the federal judiciary (including the Supreme Court). For those interested in the direction our country is going, as well as those interested in law school, this course is for you!



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.