Dean Mark Kornbluh Blog: A&S Hall of Fame Inductee Dr. Bradley Canon

This year, the College of Arts & Sciences celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Over the last 20 years, we have recognized 79 alumni and faculty whose contributions to the College, University, Commonwealth and beyond are far-reaching. Over the next few weeks, I will be highlighting each of this year’s inductees. Today, I am honored to recognize one of our faculty inductees Dr. Bradley Canon.

Dr. Canon was born in Chicago in 1937. After the war, his family moved to Florida and he grew up in West Palm Beach and Hollywood. He graduated from Florida State University where he was editor of the student newspaper. After serving in the Army, he went to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin, earning a Ph.D. in political science.

Dr. Canon joined the faculty of the Department of Political Science in 1966. The primary focus of Dr. Canon’s research was on the impact of court decisions. His research has appeared in the discipline's major journals (American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, American Journal of Political Science, Polity, American Politics Quarterly, and Law & Society Review) as well as in other journals and books. He co-authored an influential book on judicial impact, “Judicial Policies: Implementation and Impact.”  Dr. Cannon was an inspired teacher, teaching a wide range of undergraduate courses including Civil Liberties in the U.S., The Supreme Court, Constitutional Interpretation and Privacy Law and Issues. Over the course of his career, he supervised a dozen Ph.D. dissertations.

Dr. Cannon served the University in a wide variety of administrative positions throughout his career. He was department chair (twice), chair of the University Senate, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, and Acting Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. While he retired in 2008, Dr. Cannon continues to teach occasionally.


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