Political Science Department

Professor Priscilla Machado Zotti

Priscilla Machado Zotti is a Professor of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy where she teaches classes in constitutional law, criminal justice, and civil rights and civil liberties. She received her Bachelor of Arts in political science and history from Baylor University where she also received a Master of Arts in political science. She completed a Ph.D. in political science at The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Zotti’s publications cover a wide range of topics, from judicial review, comparative search and seizure law, rehabilitation in military and civilian prisons, criminal sanctions and punishment. In addition to her publications, Dr. Zotti has been interviewed on public radio and in a series of videos produced for academic audiences on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

She is active in a number of professional organizations including the Supreme Court Historical Society, the American Political Science Association, and the Southwestern Social Science Association. She recently served on the Executive Board of the Southwestern Political Science Association and Section Head for Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence of the American Political Science Association.

Dr. Zotti recently published a book entitled, Injustice for All: Mapp vs. Ohio and the Fourth Amendment.


  • FP397 Criminal Law and Justice
  • FP413 Constitutional Law: Federal System
  • FP471F Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • FP505 Honors Senior Seminar

Contact Information

Priscilla H.M. Zotti, Ph.D.
Political Science
U.S. Naval Academy
589 Mc Nair Road
Annapolis, MD 21402
Office: (410) 293-6852

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