James A. Beckman was the inaugural
chair of the Department of Legal Studies (2011-2016) at the
University of Central Florida and currently holds the rank of
Professor of Legal Studies, the first faculty member in Legal
Studies at UCF to achieve that academic rank. Additionally,
before arrival at UCF, he previously served as a professor at the
University of Tampa for over a decade. Beckman holds degrees from
The University of Tampa, The Ohio State University & Georgetown
University, and studied at Oxford University (England) in 1991.
Prior to entering academia, Beckman was an active duty military
lawyer (Army), serving on the Staff & Faculty of the United
States Military Academy at West Point, as well as an active duty
assignment at Fort Meade, Maryland. He also served as a litigation
attorney for the United States Department of the Treasury in
Washington, DC, after leaving active duty military service.
Professor Beckman has achieved tenure
at two different institutions since 2000, and has taught
approximately seventy semester long classes at the undergraduate
and law school levels. Professor Beckman's scholarship
includes being the author or editor of six books (four academic
books; two popular non-academic books) and approximately sixty
articles which have appeared in various academic journals,
magazines, encyclopedias, books and newspapers. His latest
book, entitled Controversies in Affirmative Action
(ABC-CLIO/Praeger, July 2014), is an edited three volume set on
affirmative action, spanning thirty-three different chapters
dealing with a variety of different contemporary practices and
controversies involving affirmative action.
J.D., Law, The Ohio State University College of Law
LL.M., International and Comparative Law, Georgetown University
Professor Beckman has published on a myriad of topics related to
law, policy and American history. A majority of Professor
Beckman's scholarship deals with the intersection of law and
history. Additionally, three of Professor Beckman's six books
deal with the subject of affirmative action in the United
States. Professor Beckman also has a strong research interest
on issues pertaining to U.S. National Security Law, having
published a book and several articles on effectiveness (or lack
thereof) of anti-terrorism legislation and laws.
national security law
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