Professor in the Department of History and Political Science in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences of Nova Southeastern University. A former Distinguished Professor of the Year (2012) and the author of seven books and many articles, Zelden teaches and writes about the intersections that lay at the border between history, politics and the law. Among his current writing projects are “Race, Power, and the Law: Southern Legal and Constitutional History” (co-authored with Sally Hadden) in Lorri Glover and Craig Thompson Friend, eds., Reinterpreting Southern History: Historiographical Essays (Baton Rouge: LSU Press, [forthcoming in November 2019]); The American Judicial System: A Very Short Introduction [under contract with Oxford University Press, expected publication date fall 2020]; and The Judge Intuitive: Joseph C. Hutcheson, Jr., Southern Federal Judge [research in progress]. Zelden is also a faculty member of the Farquhar Honors College at NSU where he regularly teaches interdisciplinary humanities seminars on Utopias and Dystopias, Witch Hunts in American History, Future History and Culture Wars.
Zelden, C. L. (2002). Voting Rights On Trial: A Handbook With Cases, Laws, And Documents
. Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO.
Zelden, C. L. (2004). The Battle For The Black Ballot: Smith V. Allwright And The Defeat Of The Texas All-White Primary
. Lawrence, KA: University Press of Kansas, .
Zelden, C. L. (2008). Bush V. Gore: Exposing The Hidden Crisis In American Democracy.
Lawrence, KA: University Press of Kansas, .
Zelden, C. L. (2013). Thurgood Marshall: Race, Rights, And The Struggle For A More Perfect Union
. New York, NY : Routledge, .
Zelden, C. L. (2010). The Supreme Court And Elections: Into The Political Thicket
. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, .
Articles & Book Chapters
- Zelden, C. L. (1999). “From Rights to Resources: The Southern Federal District Courts and the Transformation of Civil Rights in Education, 1968-1974”. Akron Law Review, 32(3), 471-528.
- Zelden, C. L. (2009). “’In no event shall a Negro be eligible’: The NAACP takes on the Texas All White Primary, 1923-1944”. Long Is The Way And Hard: One Hundred Years Of The NAACP, University of Arkansas Press, 2009.
- Zelden, C. L. (2013). “The Southern Roots of the Reapportionment Revolution,” Signposts: New Directions In Southern Legal History. Eds. Sally Hadden and Patricia Minter. University of Georgia Press, April 2013.
- Zelden, C. L. (2013). “Old Vinegar in a New Bottle: Vote Denial in the 2000 Presidential Election and Beyond.” Winning While Losing? Civil Rights, The Conservative Movement And The Presidency From Nixon To Obama. University of Florida Press, December 2013.
- Zelden, C. L. (2017). “How Do You Feel About Writing Dissents”? Thurgood Marshall’s Dissenting Vision for America. Journal of Supreme Court History, 42(1), 77–100.