I am Morse Alumni Distinguished Professor of Political Science and law, and a nationally recognized expert on U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments and decision making. I am the co-author of Oral Arguments and Coalition Formation on the U.S. Supreme Court, co-editor of A Good Quarrel, and author of Oral Arguments and Decision Making on the U.S. Supreme Court. My research appears in a variety of academic journals including the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Law and Society Review, and Political Analysis. In addition, my research and commentary have been covered by The Economist, The Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, NPR, MPR, WCCO Radio, C-SPAN, Slate, USA Today, ABC, CNN, and The National Journal. Beyond research, I take teaching very seriously and have won college level and university wide awards. Nationally, I was named a 2018 semi-finalist for the prestigious Robert F. Cherry Award for Great Teaching and I won the 2018 American Political Science Association's Distinguished Teaching Award.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 1998 -
  • MA: Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 1995 -
  • BA: Political Science, Russian Studies, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, 1993 -


  • The Evolution of the Norm of Respecting Precedent in U.S. Courts
  • Judicial Politics
  • Supreme Court Decision Making
  • Executive/Judiciary Relations
  • American politics
  • Supreme Court Oral Arguments