Rick A. Griffin has a broad background in constitutional studies. Dr. Griffin has taught constitutionally-related courses at BYU, and at UVU, where he is presently an Associate Professor of Political Science and History. His primary research interests are in constitutional law, government, history, and theory; judicial politics; and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has written on issues pertaining to constitutional law, disability law, and education law, and is currently writing an article on Chief Justice John Jay and a book on George Washington's Administrations. Dr. Griffin is the recipient of several teaching awards, and was honored by Utah Valley Magazine as one of the "50 Most Fabulous People of 2012."
In 1996, Griffin earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi, where he pursued his interest in civil rights. He also completed law courses at the University of Cambridge (where he studied with renowned scholars Sir Christopher Greenwood and J.A. Hopkins) and at J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University (BYU). In 2006, Griffin completed a Ph.D. at BYU, where he studied constitutional law and education law. He was also an Associate Editor of the Education and Law Journal. In 2007, he was accepted to the prestigious Master of Laws (LL.M.) program at the University of California, Berkeley. While at Boalt Hall, he excelled in his advanced studies in constitutional law, judicial politics, and early modern Anglo-American constitutional history and political thought, and was one of only a few from an international pool of applicants to be admitted to the highly-restricted Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.) program. During his J.S.D. program, Griffin completed advanced coursework and research in constitutional law, history, and theory, and public law (e.g., judicial politics, judicial selection, and U.S. Supreme Court).