Alexandra Palmer
Ph.D. Candidate • American Politics and Methodology

Field of Study: American politics; minor: research methodology

Dissertation Title: Policy Responsiveness of the Supreme Court across Issue Domains

Dissertation Chair: Vanessa Baird

Dissertation Description: Using a combination of replication, newer data, and time series analysis, I explore whether the Supreme Court as a whole responds to shifts in public opinion both across and within policy issue dimensions. The findings mostly uphold previous work that concludes that the Supreme Court responds to shifts in global policy mood. However, its response is much more timely and more modest then past studies would suggest.

Expected defense date: Spring 2020

Teaching interests: judicial politics/behavior, U.S. constitutional law, American political institutions, research methodology