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Two USU Faculty Appointed to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Thursday, Jul. 03, 2014

USU professor Anthony Peacock

USU professor Anthony Peacock.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has appointed two Utah State University professors to its Utah State Advisory Committee. Anthony Peacock and Richard Sherlock, both of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, were included among the new 17-member committee.

Peacock is a professor and department head in the Political Science Department at USU, where he teaches courses on constitutional law and where he is the director of the Center for the Study of American Constitutionalism. He has written extensively on voting rights, and he most recently authored How to Read the Federalist Papers, published by the Heritage Foundation, a think tank based in Washington, D.C.

“It’s an honor to be included on the committee, and I’m looking forward to representing, and looking out for, the interests of all Utah residents,” said Peacock.  

Sherlock is a professor in the Department of Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies, where he teaches courses on ethics. Sherlock said he is a vocal advocate for civil rights personally and professionally.

“I have always been willing to stand up for those who are outnumbered, and I’m excited to offer a thoughtful approach to the advisory committee’s discussions,” he said.

The state advisory committee members conduct reviews and produce recommendations on local civil rights issues, including justice, voting, discrimination, housing and education. Utah has a long-standing record of addressing issues of civil rights, according to Marlene Sallo, staff director for the commission. The commission appoints people with a variety of backgrounds, skills, experiences and perspectives to ensure that advisory committees have a vigorous debate with full exploration of the issues.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is mandated by Congress to appoint volunteer members to advisory committees in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and committee members serve a two-year term. The committee will meet for the first time in July to consider its plans and priorities.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with studying and advising the president and congress on civil rights matters and issuing a federal civil rights enforcement report.

Related link:

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Contact: Anthony Peacock, 435-797-1314,

Contact: Richard Sherlock,

Writer: Amanda DeRito, (435) 797-2759,

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