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Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan

Associate Professor, Political Science
Founding Director, Center for Civic Engagement
Lead Instructor, USF St. Petersburg YMCA Civic Fellows Program


Home Campus: St. Petersburg
Office: SLC 1706 (enter through suite 1700, Center for Civic Engagement)
Telephone: (727) 873-4956



Dr. Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Founding Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where she teaches courses in American Government and Public Law. McLauchlan was awarded the American Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha's Certificate for Outstanding Teaching in Political Science, the USFlorida St. Petersburg Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the USF St. Petersburg Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement, the USF St. Petersburg College of Arts and Sciences Teacher of the Year, the USF Outstanding Faculty Award, and the Florida Campus Compact Graham Frey Civic Educator Award. Her book Congressional Participation as Amicus Curiae before the U.S. Supreme Court explores how Members of Congress attempt to influence Supreme Court decision-making in specific cases. McLauchlan is an active contributor to the scholarship of teaching and learning. She has published numerous articles and book chapters about the effects of integrating civic engagement into the curriculum and has presented those findings at regional, national, and international conferences. In addition to her scholarly activities, Professor McLauchlan has extensive experience in American government and politics. McLauchlan worked at the US Supreme Court, the US Senate Judiciary Committee, the US Department of Justice, and the White House. A veteran of several presidential campaigns, she has managed statewide operations across the US, from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon. In 2014, she was a candidate for Florida Senate. McLauchlan was a Fulbright Scholar to Moldova in 2010, and she was awarded a returning Fulbright to Moldova Summer 2012. She returned to Moldova with a group of USF St. Petersburg students in an alternative Spring Break Study Abroad course in March 2013. (See McLauchlan was awarded another Fulbright (“Rule of Law and Civil Society”) and taught in North Macedonia in 2017. (See