John Gruhl

Undergraduate Chair Political Science

I teach upper-level courses focused on American courts and law, including Courts, Judges, and Lawyers; Myths and Realities of the Justice System; Constitutional Law; and Civil Liberties.  These courses attract pre-law students and other students who want to understand court procedures and decisions that are in the news. 

I also teach courses on American politics and the Presidency.

I really enjoy music, art, and literature – listening to indie rock (and to a few old codgers like Bob Dylan and Neil Young), viewing and collecting contemporary prints and paintings, and reading contemporary novels.  I also enjoy travelling in foreign countries, most recently in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, due to my long-time interest in the Vietnam War.

I am most proud of functioning as a professor  - hanging in there – while serving as a single parent for twelve years, beginning when my son was just two.  This was my most challenging assignment.

Research Areas

Judicial Process, Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, Criminal Justice



  • Co-author of award-winning American Government college textbook, 13th edition

Career Highlights

  • Teaching at University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 1976
  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara