Jake S. Truscott

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science & International Affairs

Jake Truscott is a first-year PhD student at the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs. He is interested in researching the history and development of legal theory and American Constitutional Law, with a special focus on the United States Supreme Court.

  • University of Nevada Reno (2015-2018)
    • A. Political Science
    • A. International Affairs: Law, Diplomacy, and Organization
  • George Mason University (Fall 2016)
More About

Originally from Roseville in California’s beautiful Central Valley, Jake was a graduate of Woodcreek High School in 2015 where he competed in Speech and Debate and Division I High School Rugby. Prior to seeking a graduate degree, Jake received dual B.A.’s in Political Science and International Affairs with a focus in Law, Diplomacy, and Organization from the University of Nevada, Reno. Amongst his accolades at Nevada, Jake was the recipient of the 2017-2018 Sidney W. Robinson Memorial Scholarship Award for presenting his original work concerning Jeffersonian beliefs on constitutional interpretation and government, and its controversial relationship with foundational principles of Anglo-American common law. Additionally, he served as a Projects Director within the Nevada student government (ASUN), as well as a research assistant working on a project related to reducing non-violent penal recidivism rates across the Nevada Department of Corrections.

His pursuit of a graduate degree stems largely from his passion for American government and law. In recent years, Jake has worked across the American political and legal system in various capacities, including an internship during the opening months of (now) Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s (D-NV) senatorial campaign, as well as at the 2nd Judicial District Court of the State of Nevada. However, he is most proud of his time served at the Supreme Court of the United States during the Fall of 2016, where he was able to work closely with the Clerk of Court managing the administrative and research arm of the nation’s highest court.

Jake was influenced largely to seek a graduate degree at Georgia due in large part to the everlasting support and influence from his mentors at Nevada, as well as from his family in California. While at Georgia, Jake hopes to undertake research and other academic opportunities that look at the theory, development, and application of America’s system of law.

Of Note
  • Intern, Supreme Court of the United States (Fall 2016)
  • Intern, 2nd Judicial District Court of Nevada (Summer 2018)
  • Intern, Campaign to Elect Catherine Cortez Masto to the United States Senate (2015-2016)
  • Op-Ed Contributor, Nevada Sagebrush
  • Director of Projects, Department of Legislative Affairs, Associated Students of the University of Nevada, Reno (2017-2018)
Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • 2017 Sidney M. Robinson Memorial Scholarship Recipient
Research Interests

Jake’s research tends to revolve primarily around the study of Anglo-American jurisprudence from the perspective of development, theory, and application. However,  it sometimes proves to be interwoven with other subject areas as legal theory often transcends just the study of law, and instead can move into topics ranging anywhere from policy and separation of powers, to public health and elective politics. Aside from working on small pieces related to pending cases before SCOTUS, Jake is currently working on a years-long project related to the legal standards of medical aid in dying or death with dignity (aka, assisted suicide), which looks at the debate contesting whether people have an inherent right to end their lives when facing terminal illnesses and injuries. Additionally, he hopes to conduct research related to the substantive power of the American judiciary, with special emphasis given to SCOTUS and influential English and American theorists like Coke, Blackstone, Tribe, and Amar, as it relates to its development of English Common Law into the modern system seen today in the United States.