Teresa Nesbitt Cosby is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Furman University. Her specialty is constitutional law and racial and ethnic politics. Ms. Cosby was the law clerk of retired United States Magistrate Judge William M. Catoe, Jr., she has served as an Assistant Deputy Attorney General for the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office, was the Executive Director of Legal Services of South Carolina, and the former Legal Services of Western Carolina. She has also served as the Executive Director of the Black Family Land Trust, a six state program. She serves and has served on national, state and local boards of directors, which includes her service as chair of the Civil Policy Group of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and the Upstate Community Mediation Center.


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African Diaspora Capstone

Capstone experience for African-American and Diaspora Cultures intedisciplinary minor. Varied topics.


Judicial Prcs & US Supreme Ct

The judicial process and the federal system through the case method.


Cvl Rights & U.S Constitution

Study of the civil rights of the American constitution through readings and the case method.


Racial and Ethnic Politics

Examination of African American, Hispanic, Asian American and Native American efforts to organize for political action in the face of political, social and economic constraints. Groups are compared to other politically active groups in U.S. politics.


Capstone Seminar in Poli Sci

Reading, research and writing course for majors that covers a specific topic in political science.


State & Local Pblc Affrs Fldw

Through 25-hour-per-week internships in local or state governmental agencies (both political and administrative) or nongovernmental agencies (such as interest groups, media or nonprofits), students are exposed to the way in which subnational policy is formulated, implemented and evaluated. In addition, students attend a weekly seminar that integrates various themes in public administration, public policy and state and local government.

  • "Picking the Supremes: The Impact of Money, Politics, and Influence in Judicial Elections," Volume 4, Issue 1 Faulkner Law Review 73 (2013).
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