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Paul Brace
Professor
Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science
 
e-mail:pbrace@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. (1976) University of Oregon
  • M.A. (1979) Michigan State University
  • Ph.D. (1982) Michigan State University
 
Primary Department
   Department of Political Science
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Websites
 Department Web Page
 NSF Sponsored State Supreme Court Project
 Paul Brace Professional Web Page
 State Supreme Court Data Project
 State Supreme Court Project
 Brace Home Page
 
Research Areas
 Judicial Politics, Public Opinion, State Politics, Policy, The Presidency
 
Clarence Carter Professor
 My interests in politics and law center on the manner in which institutional configurations promote patterns of behavior and outcomes. My intellectual interests are integrated with professional commitments to fairness, procedural equity and collegiality.
 
Teaching Areas
 Judicial Politics, Regulatory Policy, State Politics and Policy, Comparative Federalism
 
Selected Publications
 Abstracts
 Do Elections Matter? Judicial Elections and the Death Penalty¿ With Brent Boyea in The Politics of Judicial Elections, Matthew Streb ed. (New York University Press, 2007).
 
 The Conditional Effects of Ideology and Institutional Structure on Judicial Voting in State Supreme Courts" with Jeff Yates and Holley Tankersley,
 
 Refereed articles
 

Brace, Paul, and Brent D. Boyea.  2010.  State Supreme Courts, State Constitutions, and Civil Litigation, Albany Law Review 73(4): 1441-1458.

 

 
 

Paul Brace, Jeffrey Yates and Holley Tankersley.  Assessing the Impact of State Judicial Structures on Citizen Litigiousness.  Political Research Quarterly December 2010 63: 796-810

 

 
 

• "Do Institutions Really Matter? Assessing the Impact of State Judicial Structures on Citizen Litigiousness." With Jeffrey Yates and Holley Tankersley. Political Research Quarterly, forthcoming.

 
 • “State Public Opinion, the Death Penalty and the Practice of Electing Judges.” With Brent Boyea. Vol. 52, No. 2 April 2008, American Journal of Political Science.
 
 Notes from the Laboratories of Democracy: State Government Enactments of Market- and State-Based Health Insurance Reforms in the 1990s.¿ With Charles Barrilleaux. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, (2007).
 
 ¿The Effects of Case Selection, Judge Ideology, and Institutional Structure in Tort Litigation in State Supreme Courts.¿ With Jeffrey Yates and Brent Boyea. Revise and resubmit, Journal of Politics.
 
 ¿ ¿Reply to ¿The Measurement and Stability of State Citizen Ideology¿ With Kevin Arceneaux, Martin Johnson and Stacy Ulbig. State Politics and Policy Quarterly, (2007).
 
 

Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Volume 4, Issue 2, 427–439, July 2007.

 
 The Business of State Supreme Courts, Revisited. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. With Herbert M. Kritzer Melinda Gann Hall and Brent Boyea. Vol. 4, Issue 2, July 2007: 427-439.
 
 State Governments, Health Uninsurance, and the Choice of Policy Tools. With Charles Barrilleaux. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, (forthcoming).
 
 Rejoiinder to Berry, Ringquist, Hanson and Fording, Political Research Quarterly, September 2006
 
 Reply to ¿The Measurement and Stability of State Citizen Ideology. With Kevin Arceneaux, Martin Johnson and Stacy Ulbig. State Politics and Policy Quarterly, (forthcoming).
 
 

Charles Barrilleaux and Paul Brace ""State Governments, Health Uninsurance, and the Choice of Policy Tools."." Journal of Health Politics, Policy and LawIn Press

 
 

Martin Johnson, Paul Brace, Kevin Arcenaux ""Environmmental Regulation and Dynamic Representation in the American States."." Social Science QuarterlyIn Press

 
 

Paul Brace and Laura Langer ""Income Inequalty in the American States."." Journal of PoliticsIn Revision

 
 

Paul Brace and Laura Langer ""The Other Face of Judicial Power."." Policy Studies ReviewIn Revision

 
 

Paul Brace, Kevin Arceneaux, Martin Johns and Stacy Ulbig ""Measuring Public Opinion Change in the States."." Political Research QuarterlyIn Press

 
 

Paul Brace and Laura Langer ""The Other Face of Judicial Power."." Public ChoiceSubmitted

 
 Articles
 
Judges, Litigants and the Design of Courts. Law and Society Review, 2012 46(3):  497-522.
 
 

Laura Langer and Paul Brace "The Other Face of Judicial Power: The Preemptive Power of State Supreme Courts." Policy Studies Journal, 33

 
 

Martin Johnson, Kevin Arceneaux and Paul Brace "Environmental Regulation and Dynamic Representation in the American States." Social Science Quarterly, 86: 87-108.

 
 

Paul Brace, Kevin Arceneaux, Martin Johnson, Stacy Ulbig "Measuring Public Opinion Change in the American States." Poltitical Research Quarterly, 57: 529-540.

 
 

Paul Brace and Brent Boyea ""Judicial Impartiality and the Practice of Electing Judges: The Case of State Supreme Courts."." American Political Science ReviewSubmitted

 
 

Paul Brace "Income Inequality in the American States." Journal of PoliticsIn Revision

 
 

Paul Brace "Mapping Economic Development Policies in the American States." Policy Studies Journal (2003) In Press

 
 

Paul Brace "The Other Face of Judicial Power." Public ChoiceSubmitted

 
 

Paul Brace, Co-authored with Professor Melinda Gann Hall of Michigan State University ""Haves" Versus "Have-Nots" in State Supreme Courts.." Law and Society Review (2002) Submitted

 
 

Paul Brace, Co-authored with Rice graduate students Kevin Arcenaux, Kellie Sims-Butler and Martin Johnson "Measuring Public Opinion in the American States." American Journal of Political Science

 
 

Paul Brace, SIms-Butler "New Perspectives on the Comparative Study of the Judiciary." Justice Systems Journal (2002)

 
 Books
 

Ron Weber and Paul Brace (co-editors) "Change and Continuity in American State and Local Government." : 361.

 
 Book chapters
 

Paul Brace "“Aggregating Survey Data to Estimate Subnational Public Opinion.” ." The Oxford Handbook of Polling and MethodsIn Press

 
 

Paul Brace "Aggregating Survey Data to Estimate Subnational Public Opinion." The Oxford Handbook of Poling and MethodsIn Press

 
 

Paul Brace "“State Economic Development.”  Donald Haider-Markel ed. 2014. Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government. Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government. Oxford Handbook of American Politics Series. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ." Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government (2014) : Sec. 27.

 
 

“The Structure of State Judiciaries.”, Guide to State Politics and Policy.  Richard G. Niemi and Joshua J. Dyck, eds. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press.

 
 

"State Economic Development." in Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government.  Oxford Handbook of American Politics Series. Oxford: Oxford University Press, Daniel P. Haider-Markel, ed..

 
 

Paul Brace.  State Economic Development.  Donald Haider-Markel ed. 2011. Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government. Oxford Handbook of American Politics Series. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

 
 

“Cooperation Between the States.” In Political Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions.” Donald P. Markel, et al, eds. Congressional Quarterly Press: Washington, D.C., 2009)

 
 Does Familiarity Breed Contempt? Examining the Correlates of State-level Confidence in the Federal Government.¿ With Martin Johnson. Public Opinion in the American States, Jeffrey Cohen, ed. (Stanford University Press, 2006).
 
 ¿Do Elections Matter? Judicial Elections and the Death Penalty¿ With Brent Boyea in The Politics of Judicial Elections, Matthew Streb ed. (New York University Press, forthcoming).
 
 Does Familiarity Breed Contempt? Examining the Correlates of State-level Confidence in the Federal Government. With Martin Johnson. Public Opinion in the American States, Jeffrey Cohen, ed. (Stanford University Press, 2006).
 
 State Supreme Courts and American Democracy, with Melinda Gann Hall. Book chapter for The Judiciary and American Democracy, Kermit Hall and Kevin McGuire, eds. (Oxford University Press, 2005).
 
 

Paul Brace and Melinda Gann Hall "State Supreme Courts and American Democracy." 

 
 

Paul Brace and Kellie Sims-Butler "Political Economy Approaches and Explanations.." Research Guide to US and International Research Groups (2004)

 
 

Paul Brace and Martin Johnson ""Variations in Trust in the Federal Government Among the American States"." Submitted

 
 

Paul Brace and Martin Johnson "Does Familiarity Breed Contempt: Examining the Correlates of State-Level Trust in the Federal Government." Submitted

 
 

Paul Brace and Melinda Gann Hall ""State Supreme Courts and American Democracy."." In Revision

 
 

Paul Brace and Barbara Hinckley ""Public Opinion Polls: The New Referendum."." Understanding the Presidency, James Pfiffner and Roger Davidson, eds. (2003) : 168-174.

 
 Book reviews
 

Review:  "Uniting States:  Voluntary Union in World Politics."  International Studies Review, forthcoming.

 
 

Paul Brace "Review of "On Deaf Ears: The Limits of the Bully Pulpit (New Haven: Yale University Press).." Presidential Studies Quarterly, 34 (2004 Sept)

 
 

Paul Brace "Review of "Volatile States: Institutions, Policy, and the Performance of American State Economies" by W. Mark Crain (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press).." 

 
 

Paul Brace "Review of Out of Touch: The Presidency and Public Opinion by Michael J. Towle.."  (June 2005) In Press

 
 

Paul Brace "Review of "Energy, the Environment and Public Opinion" by Eric R.A.N. Smith (New York: Rowman and Littlefield).." Perspectives on Politics, 1 (2003) : 415-416.

 
 

Paul Brace "Energy, the Environment and Public Opinion." American Political Science ReviewIn Press

 
 

Paul Brace "The Wizard of Washington: Emil Hurja, Franklin Roosevelt and the Birth of Public Opinion Polling." Journal of American HistoryIn Press

 
 Conference papers
 ¿Institutions, Constraint, and Judicial Decision-Making.¿ With Chris Bonneau and Kevin Arceneaux. Institutions, Constraint, and Judicial Decision-Making
 
 

Brace, Paul and Brent Boyea "The Impact of State Constitutions on State Supreme Courts: The Case of Tort Litigation." 

 
 State-Level Public Trust in the Federal Government with Martin Johnson. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2006.
 
 The Effects of Case Selection, Judge Ideology, and Institutional Structure in Tort Litigation in State Supreme Courts with Jeffrey Yates and Brent Boyea. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, September 2006 (Nominated for best paper award).
 
 Other
 

How's the State of the Union?  Depends on Who You Ask, Houston Chronicle

http://blog.chron.com/bakerblog/2012/01/how’s-the-state-of-the-union-depends-upon-whom-you-ask/

 
 

Paul Brace "State Governments, Health Uninsurance and the Choice of Policy Tools." Journal of Health Politics and PolicyIn Revision

 
 

Paul Brace and Charles Barrilleaux "State Governments, Health Uninsurance, and the Choice of Policy Tools." Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law

 
 

Paul Brace and Kellie Sims-Butler "New Perspectives for the Comparative Study of the Judiciary: The State Supreme Court Project." Justice Systems Journal (Forthcoming)

 
 

Paul Brace and Laura Langer "The Florida Supreme Court in the 2000 Presidential Election: Ambiguity, Ideology and Signaling in a Judicial Hierarchy." PS: Political Science and Politics, 34 (2001 September) : 645-650.

 
 

Paul Brace and Melinda Gann Hall "?Haves? Versus ?Have Nots? in State Supreme Courts: Allocating Docket Space and Wins in Power Asymmetric Cases." Law and Society Review (Forthcoming)

 
 

Paul Brace, Kevin Arceneaux, Martin Johnson and Stacy Ulbig "Measuring Public Opinion Change in the States: An Extension." American Journal of Political Science

 
 

Paul Brace, Melinda Gann Hall and Laura Langer "Placing Courts in State Politics." State Politics and Policy Review, 1 (2001 Spring) : 81-108.

 
 

Paul Brace "Book Review, Creative Politics: Taxes and Public Goods in a Federal System. By Glenn Beamer." American Political Science Review (Forthcoming 2001)

 
 

Paul Brace "Economic Interpretations of Interest Groups." Handbook of Political Science Literature and Research in Interest Groups, Greenwood Press (Forthcoming 2001)

 
 

Paul Brace "Mapping Economic Development Policies in the American States ." Policy Studies Journal (Forthcoming 2001)

 
 

Paul Brace and Laura Langer "Income Inequaltiy in the American States: A Research Note." American Political Science Review (Under submission)

 
 

Paul Brace and Laura Langer "The Other Face of Judicial Power." Journal of Politics (Revised and resubmitted)

 
 

Paul Brace and Melinda Gann Hall "Comparing Courts Using the American States." Judicature, 83 (March-April 2000) : 250-266.

 
 

Paul Brace and Melinda Gann Hall "State Judicial Systems Legal." Systems of the World:A Political, Social and Cultural Encyclopedia (Forthcoming 2001)

 
 

Paul Brace, Kellie Butler, Kevin Arceneaux and Martin Johnson "Public Opinion in the American States." American Journal of Political Science (Revising for resubmission)

 
 

Paul Brace, Kevin Arceneaux, Martin Johnson and Stacy Ulbig "Measuring Public Opinion Change in the States: An Extension ." American Journal of Political Science (Revised and resubmitted)

 
 

Paul Brace, Laura Langer and Melinda Gann Hall "Measuring the Preferences of State Supreme Courts Justices." Journal of Politics , 62 (May 2000) : 387-413.

 
 

Charles Barrilleaux and Paul Brace "State Governments, Health Uninsurance, and the Choice of Policy Tools." Social Science Quarterly (Revised and resubmitted)

 
 

Melinda Gann Hall and Paul Brace "Progress Report: The State Supreme Court Project." Law and Courts Newsletter (Spring 1999)

 
 

Paul Brace "Mapping Economic Development in the American States." Policy Studies Journal (In press, forthcoming 2000)

 
 

Paul Brace and Dan Ward "The Institutionalized Legislature." Change and Continuity in American State and Local Government (Ronald Weber and Paul Brace, editors) (1999) : 71-96.

 
 

Paul Brace and Melinda Gann Hall "The Courts in Institutional Perspective." New Perspectives on Courts (Cornell Clayton and Howard Gillman, editors)University of Chicago Press. (1999) : 281-300.

 
 

Paul Brace and Ronald Weber "States and Localities Transformed." Change and Continuity in American State and Local Government (Ronald Weber and Paul Brace, editors) (1999) : 1-19.

 
 

Paul Brace, Kevin Arcenaux, Martin Johnson and Stacy Ulbig "Ideological Change in the States: An Extension." American Journal of Political Science (Under review)

 
 

Paul Brace, Laura Langer and Melinda Gann Hall "Measuring the Preferences of State Supreme Court Justices." Journal of Politics (In press, forthcoming 2000)

 
 

Paul Brace, Melinda Gann Hall and Laura Langer "Judicial Choice and the Politics of Abortion: Institutions, Context and the Autonomy of Courts." Albany Law Review, 62 (1999) : 1265-1304.

 
 

Paul Brace, Melinda Gann Hall and Laura Langer "Placing Courts in State Politics." State Politics and Policy Review (Forthcoming)

 
 

Paul Brace, Melinda Gann Hall and Laura Langer "State Supreme Courts and Judges in the Policy Process: The Case of Abortion." Journal of Politics (Under review)

 
 

Paul Brace "A Fifty-State Supreme Court Data Base." State Politics and Policy Newsletter (Summer 1998)

 
 

Paul Brace "Mapping Economic Development Change in the American States." Policy Studies Journal (forthcoming)

 
 

Paul Brace and Charles Barrilleaux "Comparing Policy Reform in the American States."  (under review)

 
 

Paul Brace, Laura Langer and Melinda Gann Hall "The Countermajoritarian Nature of Courts."  (under review)

 
 

Paul Brace, Laura Langer, and Melinda Gann Hall "Measuring the Preferences of State Supreme Court Judges."  (under review)

 
Presentations
 Conference Committee Member
 

Co-author.  "Do Institutions Really Matter? Assessing the Impact of State Judicial Structures on Citizen Litigiousness." Ameircan Political Science Association, Chicago, IL. (September) With Jeffrey Yates, Holley Tankersley

 
 Invited Papers
 

Co-author.  "Judges, Litigants and the Design of Courts." Society for Empirical Legal Studies, Los Angeles, CA. (November 2009)

 
 Conference on Litigiousness and the Disappearing Trial
 
 

Co-author.  "Devolution and Economic Inequality in the American States." DeVoe Moore Center, Floriida State University. With Laura Langer

 
 

"State Supreme Courts and American Democracy." Annenberg Commission on the Future of the Judiciary and American Democracy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. (October 5, 2004) With Melinda Gann Hall

 
 Invited Talks
 

"Judges, Litigants and Agenda Control in State Supreme Courts

 ." South Texas School of Law. (10/20/10)

 
 

Keynote Speaker.  "Election 2010." Board Meeting of Kellogg, Brown and Root, Houston, TX. (10/21/10)

 
 

Author-Presenter.  "Judges, Litigants and the Design of Courts." Department of Political Science, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. (March 5, 2009)

 
 

Author-Presenter.  "Strategic Litigants and the Design of Courts." Department of Political Science, Texas A and M , College Station. (September 29, 2009)

 
 

"Federalism and State Surpeme Courts." Annenberg Commission on the Future of the Judiciary and American Democracy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. (January 21, 2004) With Melinda Gann Hall

 
 

Featured Speaker.  "Judicial Impartiality in the Wake of Republican Party v. White (2002)." Iowa Political Science Association, Cedar Falls, IA. (November 6, 2004)

 
 

"Public Opinion and Judicial Decisionmaking: New Measures and Methods." Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. (March 26, 2004)

 
 

"Selection Bias, Reversible Error in Capital Sentences and Public Opinion about the Death Penalty." University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. (February 6, 2004)

 
 

"Guns versus Butter in the 2002 Elections." Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN. (November)

 
 Other
 

Co-author, presenter.  "Explaining the Business of State Supreme Courts." Southwest Political Science Association, Denver, CO. (April 2009)

 
 

Co-author, presenter.  "The Work of State Supreme Courts." Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL. (April 2009)

 
 "Civil Litigation and the Importance of Constitutional Design for State Supreme Courts." Presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Political Science Association, Las Vegas, NV, March 2008.
 
 "Institutional Structure and Judge Ideology in Tort Litigation in State Supreme Courts." Presented at the second annual conference on Empirical Legal Studies, New York, NY, November 2007. With Jeff Yates.
 
 "Judging Under Constraint: Institutions and State Supreme Court Decision Making", paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2008
 
 

Discussant.  "Poster Session on State Judicial Research." American Political Science Association, Boston, MA. (September 2008)

 
 "State Appellate Dockets and the Importance of Constitutional Design." Presented at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association, San Diego, CA, March 2008.
 
 

"A Formal Model of Judicial Influence in Policy Adoption." Department of Political Science, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon. (June)

 
 

"Assessing the Stability of State Ideology." Department of Political Science, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. (April)

 
 

"Contextual and Institutional Influences on Winners and Losers in U.S. State Supreme Courts." Law and Society Association, Budapest, Hungary. (July 4-7, 2001.) With Melinda Gann Hall

 
 

"Discussant -- Law, Communication, and Technology." Law and Society Association, Budapest, Hungary. (July 4-7, 2001.)

 
 

"Discussant -- Policymaking in the American States." Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Las Vegas, Nevada. (March 2001)

 
 

"Discussant -- Pressure and Persuasion in State Policymaking." Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA. (September 2001.)

 
 

"New Data on Public Opinion." The State of the States: State Politics and Policy Conference, Texas A&M University College Station, TX. (March 2-3,2001)

 
 

"New Directions in State Policy Research." Roundtable, Atlanta, GA.. (November 2000.)

 
 

"New Perspectives of State Public Opinion." Department of Political Science, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA. (April)

 
 

"Organized Interests and Judicial Decisions: Lessons from the American States." International Political Science Association Research Committee on Comparative Judicial Studies, Cape Town, South Africa. (January 2001.) With Melinda Gann Hall

 
 

"Panel Chair -- Law, Communication, and Technology." Law and Society Association, Budapest, Hungary. (July 4-7, 2001.)

 
 

"Panel Chair -- Perspectives on Judicial Decisionmaking." Western Political Science Association., Las Vegas, Nevada. (March 2001)

 
 

"Panel Chair -- Policymaking in the American States." Western Political Science Association., Las Vegas, Nevada. (March 2001)

 
 

"Panel chair -- US Courts of Appeal." Southern Political Science Association, Atlanta, Georgia. (November 2000)

 
 

"Policy and the Strategic Interaction of Legislatures and Courts." American Political Science Association, San Francisco, California. (September 2001) With Laura Langer

 
 

"Roundtable." International Political Science Association Research Committee on Comparative Judicial Studies., Cape Town, South Africa. (January 2001)

 
 

"State Supreme Courts and Abortion Policy in the American States." The State of the States: State Politics and Policy Conference, Texas A&M University College Station, TX. (March 2-3,2001) With Laura Langer

 
 

"Strategies for Preparing Grants." Department of Political Science, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. (April)

 
 

"The Other Face of Judicial Power." Department of Political Science, Boulder, CO. (March.)

 
 

"The Other Face of Judicial Power." Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois. (April 2001) With Laura Langer (presented paper)

 
 

"Courts as Agents of Continuity and Change: Winning and Losing in State Supreme Courts." American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C.. (September 2000) With Paul Brace and Melinda Gann Hall

 
 

"Placing Courts in State Politics." Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL. (April 2000) With Paul Brace, Melinda Gann Hall and Laura Langer

 
 

"Roundtable Participant (Invited), New Directions in State Politics." Southern Political Science Association, Atlanta, GA. (November 2000)

 
 

"Wage Setting and the Distribution of Income in the American States." Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL. (April 2000) With Paul Brace and Laura Langer

 
 

"Clayton and Gillman Meet Critics (Panel Discussant)." Western Political Science Association, Seattle, WA. (March)

 
 

"Courts and Inter-Institutional Politics." (Panel Discussant), Western Political Science Association, Seattle, Washington. (March 1999)

 
 

"Discussant." Undergraduate Research Conference, Rice University. (April)

 
 

"Measuring Public Opinion in the American States: A Reliability Audit from Alternative Surveys." Southern Political Science Association Annual Meetings, Savannah, Georgia. (November 1999)

 
 

"New Approaches to Public Opinion in the States." (Panel Chair), American Political Science Association, Atlanta, Georgia. (September 1999)

 
 

"New Perspectives on State Supreme Courts." Invited: Texas A and M University, College Station, TX. (June)

 
 

"Perspectives on Common Law (Panel Discussant)." International Political Science Association Research Committee on Comparative Judicial Studies, London, England. (July)

 
 

"Progress Report: The NSF State Supreme Court Project." International Political Science Association Research Committee on Comparative Judicial Studies, London, England. (July 1999)

 
 

"Public Opinion in the American States." American Political Science Association, Atlanta, GA. (September) With Kellie Butler, Kevin Arcenaux, Martin Johnson

 
 

"Public Opinion in the American States." American Political Science Association, Atlanta, Georgia. (September 1999)

 
 

"State Supreme Courts and Judges in the Policy Process." Southern Political Science Association, Savannah, GA. (November) With Laura Langer

 
 

"Comments." (Invited Speaker), Society of Professional Journalists, Houston, Texas. (October, 1998)

 
 

"Press Interviews." Houston Chronicle (one ran nationally on NY Times wire service), KTRH, KPRC, Television Channels 2, 13, 26, 45, 48, and others, Houston, Texas. (1998)

 
 Panelist
 

" Beyond the Bench: A Look at State Supreme Court Justices." (2/18/12)

 
 joint annual meetings of the Law and Society Association and the Research Committee on Sociology of Law
 
 Annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association
 
 

Panel Chair.  "Economic Development in the American States." Western Political Science Association, Portland, Oregon. (March 11-13, 2004)

 
 

Paper co-author.  "Judicial Selection and Selection Bias: Linking Public Opinion to Judicial Decisions." American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL. (September 2-5, 2004) With Brent Boyea (Graduate Student)

 
 

Panel Discussant.  "Perspectives on Policy in the American States." Western Political Science Association, Portland, Oregon. (March 11-13, 2004)

 
 

Paper co-author.  "Two Faces of State Health Policy Reform." Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA. (January 8-10, 2004) With Charles Barrilleaux

 
 

Co-author and co-presenter.  ""Environmental Regulation and Dynamic Representation in the American States.'." State Politics and Policy Association and the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. (April 2003) With Kevin Arcenaux and Martin Johnson

 
 

Co-author.  ""Environmental Regulation, Econoomic Development Policy and Consumers."." Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL. (April 2003) With Kevin Arcenaux and Martin Johnson

 
 

Co-author and co-presenter.  ""Studying Context Versus the Rule of Law in the American States."." Interim Meeting of the Research Committee on Comparative Judicial Studies, Parma, Italy. (June 2003) With Melinda Gann Hall

 
 

"Teaching Graduate Methodology." Southwest Political Science Association, San Antonio, TX. (April 2003)

 
 

"The State of State Politics Research." Southwest Political Science Association, San Antonio, TX. (April 2003)

 
 

Dicussant.  "Measurement and Methodology in Judicial Politics." Midwest Poltical Science Association, Chicago. (April)

 
 

Co-author.  "Measuring Public Opinion Change in the American States." American Political Science Association, Boston, MA. (September) With Kevin Arcenaux, Martin Johnson and Stacy Ulbig

 
 

Co-author.  "Power Assymetries and Outcomes in State Supreme Courts." Law and Society Association, Vancouver, British Columbia. (April)

 
 

Co-author.  "The Premptive Power of State Supreme Courts: The Cases of Abortion and Capital Punishment." State Politics and Policy Section of the APSA, Milwaukee, WI. (May) With Laura Langer (presenter)

 
 Posters
 Second annual conference on Empirical Legal Studies.
 
 Session Chair
 

" Beyond the Bench: A Look at State Supreme Court Justices." (2/18/12)

 
 

Panel Chair.  "The Linkage Between Public Opinion and Public Policy." Annual Meeting of the State Politics and Policy Section of the American Political Science Association, University of Illinois-Springfield. (6/4/10)

 
 

Panel Chair.  "Judicial Politics." Southwest Political Science Association, Denver, CO. (April 2009)

 
 

Panel Chair.  "State Politics." Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL. (April 2009)

 
 Workshops
 

"State Policy." State Politics and Policy Section of the American Political Science Association, Tucson, AZ. (April 2003)

 
Editorial Positions
 Member of the Editorial Board, Beijing Law Review. Scientific Research. (2012 - 2016)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Social Science Quarterly. Southwestern Social Science Association. (1997 - 2015)

 Member of the Editorial Board, State Politics and Policy Quarterly. Sage . (2012 - 2012)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Beijing Law Review. Scientific Research ISSN: 2159-4627. (2012 - 2012)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Online Journal of Political Science. Scientific Research ISSN 2164-0505. (2012 - 2012)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Social Science Quarterly . Wiley-Blackwell. (2012 - 2012)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Online Journal of Political Science. (2012 - 2012)

 Member of the Editorial Board, American Review of Politics. University of Arkansas. (1996 - 2016)

 Member of the Editorial Board, State Politics and Policy Quarterly. Sage. (1999 - 2016)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Albany Law Review. (2010 - 2010)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Social Science Quarterly. (2010 - 2010)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Political Research Quarterly. (2010 - 2010)

 Member of the Editorial Board, American Review of Politics. (2010 - 2010)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Political Research Quarterly. Sage. (2006 - 2015)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Albany Law Review. Albany Law School (NY). (1999 - 2016)

 Editor, Perspectives on Politics. (2005 - 2005)

 Editor, Perspectives on Politics. American Political Science Association. (2004 - 2004)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Political Research Quarterly. (2006 - 2006)

 Member of the Editorial Board, American Politics Research. Sage. (2007 - 2007)

 Member of the Editorial Board, State and Local Government Review. Carl Vinson Institute of Government. (2003 - 2003)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Social Science Quarterly. (2002 - 2002)

 Editorial Board, American Political Science Review. American Political Science Association. (2001 - 2001)

 Editorial Board, American Political Science Review. (2000 - 2000)

 Editorial Board, American Political Science Review. American Political Science Association. (1999 - 1999)

 Member of the Editorial Board, American Politics Research. Sage. (2006 - 2006)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Social Science Quarterly. (2005 - 2005)

 Member of the Editorial Board, American Politics Research. (2004 - 2004)

 Member of the Editorial Board, American Politics Research. Sage. (2003 - 2003)

 Member of the Editorial Board, American Politics Research. (2002 - 2002)

 Editorial Board, Journal of Politics. Southern Political Science Association. (2001 - 2001)

 Editorial Board, Journal of Politics. (2000 - 2000)

 Editorial Board, Journal of Politics. Southern Political Science Association. (1999 - 1999)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Albany Law Review. ALbany Law School. (2006 - 2006)

 Member of the Editorial Board, American Politics Review. (2005 - 2005)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Social Science Quarterly. (2004 - 2004)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Albany Law Review. Albany Law School of Union University. (2003 - 2003)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Albany Law Review. (2002 - 2002)

 Editorial Board, American Politics Research. Sage. (2001 - 2001)

 Editorial Board, Social Science Quarterly. (2000 - 2000)

 Editorial Board, Social Science Quarterly. (1999 - 1999)

 Member of the Editorial Board, State Politics and Policy Quarterly. Institute for Legislative Studies and the Institute of Government and Public Affiars at the University of Illinois-Springfield. (2006 - 2006)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Albany Law Review. Union Law School. (2007 - 2007)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Albany Law Review. (2005 - 2005)

 Member of the Editorial Board, State Politics and Policy Quarterly. State Politics and Policy Section of the American Political Sci. Assoc.. (2004 - 2004)

 Member of the Editorial Board, American Review of Politics. University of New Orleans and the Roy C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron. (2003 - 2003)

 Member of the Editorial Board, State Politics and Policy Quarterly. (2002 - 2002)

 Editorial Board, Social Science Quarterly. Southwest Social Science Association. (2001 - 2001)

 Editorial Board, American Politics Quarterly. (2000 - 2000)

 Editorial Board, American Politics Quarterly. (1999 - 1999)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Social Science Quarterly. (2006 - 2006)

 Member of the Editorial Board, State Politics and Policy Quarterly. (2007 - 2007)

 Member of the Editorial Board, American Review of Politics. (2005 - 2005)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Albany Law Review. Albany University Law School. (2004 - 2004)

 Member of the Editorial Board, State Politics and Policy Review. Institute for Legislative Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield. (2003 - 2003)

 Member of the Editorial Board, State and Local Government Review. (2002 - 2002)

 Editorial Board, State Politics and Policy Review. Illinois Legislative Studies Center. (2001 - 2001)

 Editorial Board, Albany Law Review. (2000 - 2000)

 Editorial Board, American Revew of Politics. (1999 - 1999)

 Member of the Editorial Board, American Review of Politics. (2006 - 2006)

 Member of the Editorial Board, American Review of Politics. (2007 - 2007)

 Member of the Editorial Board, State Politics and Policy Quarterly. (2005 - 2005)

 Member of the Editorial Board, American Review of Politics. Southeasten Political Science Association. (2004 - 2004)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Social Science Quarterly. Southwest Social Science Association. (2003 - 2003)

 Member of the Editorial Board, American Review of Politics. (2002 - 2002)

 Editorial Board, Albany Law Review. Albany Law School. (2001 - 2001)

 Editorial Board, State and Local Government Review. (2000 - 2000)

 Editorial Board, Albany Law Review. (1999 - 1999)

 Other, American Political Science Review. American Political Science Association. (2004 - 2004)

 Other, American Political Science Review. (2002 - 2002)

 Editorial Board, State and Local Governmnet Review. Carl Vinson INstitute of Government. (2001 - 2001)

 Editorial Board, State Politics and Policy Quarterly. (2000 - 2000)

 Editorial Board, State Politics and Policy Review. (1999 - 1999)

 Other, American Journal of Political Science. (2004 - 2004)

 Other, American Journal of Political Science. (2002 - 2002)

 Law and Social Science Panel, National Science Foundation. (1999 - 1999)

 Editorial Board, American Review of Politics. Southeastern Political Science Association. (2001 - 2001)

 Editorial Board, American Review of Politics. (2000 - 2000)

 Other, American Politics Research. Sage. (2004 - 2004)

 Other, Social Science Quarterly. (2002 - 2002)

 Other, American Political Science Review. American Political Science Association. (2001 - 2001)

 Manuscript Reviewer, American Political Science Review. (2000 - 2000)

 Other, Law and Society. (2004 - 2004)

 Other, Political Research Quarterly. (2002 - 2002)

 Other, American Journal of Political Science. Midwest Political Science Association. (2001 - 2001)

 Manuscript Reviewer, American Journal of Political Science. (2000 - 2000)

 Other, Law and Policy. (2004 - 2004)

 Other, New England Journal of Political Science. (2002 - 2002)

 Other, Journal of Politics. Southern Political Science Association. (2001 - 2001)

 Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of Politics. (2000 - 2000)

 Other, Social Science Quarterly. (2004 - 2004)

 Other, Presidential Studies Quarterly. (2002 - 2002)

 Other, American Politics Research. Sage. (2001 - 2001)

 Manuscript Reviewer, Political Research Quarterly. (2000 - 2000)

 Other, Journal of Politics. Southern Political Science Association. (2004 - 2004)

 Other, American Politics Research. (2002 - 2002)

 Other, Political Science Quarterly. (2001 - 2001)

 Manuscript Reviewer, Social Science Quarterly. (2000 - 2000)

 Other, Political Research Quarter. Western Political Science Association. (2004 - 2004)

 Other, Law and Society Review. Law and Society Association. (2001 - 2001)

 Manuscript Reviewer, American Politics Quarterly. (2000 - 2000)

 Other, Legislative Studies Quarterly. (2004 - 2004)

 Other, Justice Systems Journal. (2001 - 2001)

 Manuscript Reviewer, State and Local Government Review. (2000 - 2000)

 Other, State and Local Government Review. (2004 - 2004)

 Other, State and Local Government Review. Carl Vinson Institute of Government. (2001 - 2001)

 Manuscript Reviewer, State Politics and Policy Quarterly. (2000 - 2000)

 Other, State Politics and Policy Quarterly. Illinois Legislative Studies Center. (2001 - 2001)

 Manuscript Reviewer, American Review of Politics. (2000 - 2000)

 Other, Social Science Quarterly. Southwestern Social Science Association. (2001 - 2001)

 Manuscript Reviewer, Judicature. (2000 - 2000)

 Other, Political Research Quarterly. Western Political Science Association. (2001 - 2001)

 Manuscript Reviewer, Justice Systems Journal. (2000 - 2000)

 Manuscript Reviewer, Law and Society Review. (2000 - 2000)

 Manuscript Reviewer, Albany Law Review. (2000 - 2000)

 Manuscript Reviewer, Legislative Studies Quarterly. (2000 - 2000)

 Manuscript Reviewer, Political Science Quarterly. (2000 - 2000)

Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Brent Boyea, Ph.D Working Title: Judge Selection and Coalition Formation on State Supreme Courts. (2004) (Thesis Director)

 Raffi Bellazaire, Bachelors The Politics of Social Movements (working title). (2004) (Thesis Director)

 Kellie Sims-Butler, Ph.D Agenda Setting in the American States. (2004) (Thesis Director)

 Kellie Sims-Butler, Ph.D Agenda Setting in the American States. (2004) (Thesis Director)

 Brent Boyea, Ph.D Ambition and Outcomes on State Supreme Courts. (2005) (Thesis Director)

 Ph.D Common Law in the American States. (2005) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Kristin Bresnahan, Bachelors . . . And Justice for All?. (2007) (Thesis Director)

 James Rapore, Bachelors Business and Politics. (2007) (Thesis Director)

 Heidi Lange, Ph.D In Progress. (2007) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Audra Herrera, Bachelor The Effects of Citizen's United for State Judicial ELections. (2012) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Michelle Belco, Ph.D (University of Houston) Unilateral Power in the Legislative Arena: Congressional Response to Executive Orders and Proclamations, 1977-2008 . (2012) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Chris Brown, Bachelors Judicial Politics. (2012) (Thesis Director)

 Bianca Easterly, Ph.D (University of Houston) Sexual Predator Laws in the American States . (2013) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Anthony D. Lauriello, Bachelor Comparing Libel Law in US and UK. (2013) (Thesis Director)

 Brent Boyea, Ph.D Working Title: Judge Selection and Coalition Formation on State Supreme Courts. (Thesis Director)

 Denny Yeung, Bachelors The Political Consequences of the Electoral College. (Thesis Director)

 Denny Yeung, Bachelors The Political Consequences of the Electoral College. (Thesis Director)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 Honoree, Advance (May 2, 2005)

 Best Paper Award, State Politics and Policy Section of the American Political Science Association (September)

 Workshop: ?New Data Sources for Political Science Research.?, American Political Science Association (September 2001)

 NSF Law and Social Science Panelist ,

 Best paper award, Public Opinion in the American States, State Politics and Policy Section of the American Political Science Association (2000)

 Co-principal investigator, Collaborative Research on State Supreme Courts, National Science Foundation (2000-2002)

 Co-Principal Investigator, Doctoral Dissertation in Political Science: Agenda Setting in the States: An Institutional Analysis, National Science Foundation (2001-2002)

 Principal Investigator, Research Experience for Undergraduates, National Science Foundation (2000-2001)

 Co-principal investigator, Collaborative Research on State Supreme Courts, National Science Foundation (1997-2000)

 Mentor Award "in recognition of exceptional guidance of women graduate students and junior faculty members in Political Science", Women's Caucus for Political Science of the American Political Science Association

Positions Held
 Council, Midwest Political Science Association. (2005 - 2005)

 Finance Committee Member, Midwest Political Science Association. (2005 - 2005)

 Member, Parks and Recreation Board, City of West University. (2005 - 2005)