Tom Clark Charles Howard Candler Professor of Political Science

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Areas of Expertise

  • Judicial politics
  • History of Supreme Court decision-making


Tom Clark, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Political Science, is an expert on judicial politics, rational choice institutionalism, constitutional theory and design, democratic political institutions and applied formal theory and statistical methods. His current research projects include the development of statistical models of legal doctrine, federal court oversight of state courts, and litigation in the judicial hierarchy. He has provided expert witness and consulting services for constitutional litigation in the federal and state courts, including litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court.

He is the author of The Supreme Court: An Analytic History of Constitutional Decision Making (2018) and The Limits of Judicial Independence (2011), awarded the William Riker Award for the best book on political economy from the Political Economy Section of the American Political Science.