Tom Pryor

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Tom studies the courts and the psychology of legal decision making. His dissertation uses experimental methods and observational companion studies to explore whether and when legal actors are able to apply the law in an unbiased, neutral fashion. Tom's larger interests include the U.S. Supreme Court, how institutional and structural forces influence individuals' behavior, and the interplay between the law and mass political psychology.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Candidate: Political Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2010 to present.
  • J.D., summa cum laude: University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN, 2013.
  • B.A.: Political Science, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, 2005.

Curriculum Vitae


  • American Politics
  • Judicial Politics
  • Supreme Court Decision Making
  • Political Psychology
Courses Taught
  • 4502W: The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights
  • 4322: Rethinking the Welfare State
  • POL 4501: The Supreme Court and Constitutional Interpretation
  • Pryor, Tom (2013). Turner v. Rogers, the Right to Counsel, and the Deficiencies of Mathews v. Eldridge. Minnesota Law Review, 97(5), 1854–1889. LinkDownload
  • Pryor, Tom (In Revision). Using Citations to Measure Influence on the Supreme Court. Download
  • Pryor, Tom, Timothy R. Johnson, and Valerie Hoekstra (2016). How Many Cases Will the Supreme Court Put Off till Next Term? Maybe None. The Monkey Cage, Link
  • Johnson, Timothy R. and Tom Pryor (Forthcoming 2017). Oral Arguments at the Supreme Court. Routledge Handbook of Judicial Politics,
  • Dissertation Research Fellowship, Summer 2015
  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Fall 2015 - Spring 2016
  • University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, Graduate Research Partnership Program Fellowship, Summer 2015
  • Dean's Distinguished Scholarship (Law School), Spring 2013
  • Sidney J. Kaplan Legal Scholarship Fund (Law School), Spring 2013
  • Bruce and Tracy Mooty Scholarship (Law School), Fall 2009