Justin P. DePlato
Assistant Professor of Political Science (Social Sciences)
412-397-5912 phone (M)
412-397-6044 fax
Nicholson Center 436

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Political Science, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2012
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, St John Fisher College, 2002
  • Master of Arts, Political Science, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2006

Area of Expertise/Research

  • My research interests are in the American Presidency, Political Philosophy, Voting Theories and Elections, Democratic Theory, and Comparative Political Institutions.


  • American Presidential Power and the War On Terror: Does the Constitution Matter? (Palgrave MacMillan 2015)
  • American Democracy: Founders, Enlightened Philosophers and Presidents (Lexington Books 2015)
  • The Classics and the Founders: Analyzing the Theory of Democracy from Ancient Greece to America's Founding (Cambridge MA: Cognella Academic Press) December 2014
  • The Cavalier Presidency: Executive Power and Prerogative in Times of Crisis (Lexington Books) 2014
  • "Speaker Boehner's Fall is All About the Tea Party", in Pittsburgh Post Gazette (September 2015)
  • "Reformation in the U.S. House", in Pittsburgh Tribune ( October 2015)



  • 2015 - Northeastern Political Science Conference (Philadelphia PA) The Theory of Executive Emergency Power: Competing Thoughts on the Use and Justifications for Use of Extraordinary Power in Liberal Democracies
  • 2014 - Northeastern Political Science Conference (Boston MA, November 2014) The Power of Crisis: The Hyper Unitary Presidency of GW Bush

Schedule of Courses
Schedule Book for All Active and Available Future Terms, Justin

Spring 2016
  • POLS1020-A
  • -ONLINEIDeplato1 (01/11-04/30/16)1 Seats
  • POLS1020-B
  • 09:15-10:30 AM T RMDeplato1 (01/11-04/30/16)1 Seats
  • POLS1040-A
  • 10:45-12:00 PM T RMDeplato1 (01/11-04/30/16)5 Seats
  • POLS2010-A
  • -ONLINEIDeplato4 (03/05-04/30/16)13 Seats
  • POLS3020-A
  • -APPTMDeplato1 (01/11-04/30/16)0 Seats
  • POLS3030-A
  • 01:45-03:00 PM T RMDeplato1 (01/11-04/30/16)22 Seats
  • POLS3060-A
  • -APPTMDeplato1 (01/11-04/30/16)0 Seats
  • SOSC4803-C2
  • -APPTMDeplato1 (01/11-04/30/16)0 Seats