Dr. Scott A. Boykin


Dr. Scott A. Boykin

Professor of Political Science

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Before joining Georgia Gwinnett College, Dr. Boykin practiced law in Alabama and Texas and served as a judicial clerk to Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Boykin has published research in political theory, constitutional political economy and constitutional law.

Boykin also serves as moot court coach and pre-law advisor.


  • Doctorate – political science – Tulane University
  • J.D., summa cum laude – University of Alabama School of Law
  • Master's – theology – Spring Hill College

Academic Interests

  • Contemporary political philosophy
  • American constitutional law
  • Classical liberalism
  • Theories of rights
  • Legal theory
  • Constitutional political economy


Selected Publications

  • Boykin, Scott A., "Spencer and Hayek’s Liberal Evolutionism, and Why It Should Omit the Nation-State," Journal of Libertarian Studies 24, no. 2 (2020): 385–422.
  • “Original-Intent Originalism: A Reformulation and Defense,” Washburn Law Journal, 60, no. 2 (Winter 2021): 245-287.
  • "Deriving Rights to Liberty," Libertarian Papers: A Journal of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, vol. 10 (No. 2), 2018, pp. 301-41.
  • “Speech, Diversity, and Education: Balancing Civil Liberties and Freedom from Discrimination in Classrooms and Campus Life,” in Engaging Difference: Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences in Multicultural Environments, edited by Dovile Budryte and Scott Boykin (Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).
  • “The Armenian Metz Yeghern, One Hundred Years Later: An ‘Unresolved’ Case of Genocide and the Development of International Norms,” Ethnicity Studies 15, no. 2 (2015): 78-94.
  • "The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the Separation of Powers," University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review 38 (2015): 33-62. 
  • "The Commerce Clause, American Democracy, and the Affordable Care Act,” Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy 10, n. 1 (Winter 2012): 89-114.
  • “Hayek on Spontaneous Order and Constitutional Design,” The Independent Review 15, n. 1 (Summer 2010): 19-34.
  • “The Ethics of Secession,” in The Political Economy of Secession: A Source Book, edited by Jürgen G. Backhaus and Detmar Doering (Neue Zürcher Zeitung Publishing, 2004), pp. 205-218. 
  • “Constitutional Torts, Preemption Doctrine, and Alabama’s Wrongful Death Act,” 28 Cumberland Law Review (1997-1998): 39-63.
  • “The Ethics of Secession,” in Secession, State, and Liberty, edited by David Gordon (New Bunswrick, NJ Transaction Publishers, 1998), pp. 65-78


  • Outstanding Student Mentoring Award, 2016–2017
  • Member, Order of the Coif
  • Recipient, Hayek Fund for Scholars grant, the Institute for Humane Studies, 2012