Davis-Hodgkins House, Room 202
Major — American Politics
Minor — Methodology (with Distinction)
I am a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science at George Washington University. My research centers on American politics, judicial politics, and political methodology. More specifically, I examine judicial decision making, strategic litigation and legal argument, compliance with judicial policy, and agenda setting in the U.S. Supreme Court. I also have interests in topics related to political methodology, with work on multilevel modeling.
What role do attorneys and litigants play in the creation, development, and maintenance of law in the U.S. Supreme Court? This is an oddly unexplored question. Ryan’s dissertation Lawyers, Justices, and the Politics of Making Law in the U.S. Supreme Court advances the argument that, contrary to the dominant paradigm in political science, legal advocates often play a critical role in shaping the justices’ policy decisions. Applying a range of quantitative methods to original datasets, he offers a fresh insight into how lawyers and interest groups help mold the development of federal law through analyzing the indelible influence that legal briefs have on the Supreme Court’s treatment of precedent within legal opinions and over time.
Forthcoming. "Forecasting Opinion Assignment in the U.S. Supreme Court" (with Paul J. Wahbeck, Alyx Mark, and Phillip Winniger). In, Artemus Ward and David Danelski (editors) The U.S. Chief Justice. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. Peer reviewed.
Papers Under Review & Works in Progress:
"Strategic Agenda Setting and the Inuence of Public Opinion on the U.S. Supreme Court," with Huan-Kai Tseng. Under Review
"Strategic Litigants: The Targeting of Justices by Lawyers in the U.S. Supreme Court," with Forrest Maltzman and Paul J. Wahlbeck.Under Review
"Uncooperative Federalism: Public Attitudes toward Policy Deance of Supreme Court Decision," with Sarah Eckman. In preparation for manuscript submission
"Issue Fluidity and Case Selection on the U.S. Supreme Court," with Kevin T. McGuire. In preparation for manuscript submission
"Why is the Federal Government So Successful in the Supreme Court?" with Brandon L. Bartels. In preparation for manuscript submission
"Motivated Skepticism and Disconfirmation Bias during Oral Arguments in the Supreme Court," with Timothy R. Johnson and Paul J. Wahlbeck. Work in progress
"Policy Defiance and Public Perceptions of the Supreme Court as a National Policymaker," with Sarah Eckman. Work in progress