Office Hours: Spring 2013, Tuesdays, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., and by appointment
Dr. Matthew Hall, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Law at Saint Louis University, specializes in constitutional law, judicial politics, and inter-branch relations in the American political system.
Education and background. Dr. Hall graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University with a B.S. in political science, legal studies, and communication studies. He received his Ph.D., with distinction, from Yale University in political science, with concentrations in American politics, constitutional law, contemporary political theory, and empirical methods.
Teaching. Dr. Hall teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses on constitutional law and theory, judicial politics, legislative politics, empirical methods, law and social change, and the politics of crime and punishment. He recently received the Robert A. Johnston, S.J. Award for Excellence in Teaching from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Research. Dr. Hall's research spans a wide range of methodological approaches to study of the role of law and courts in American politics. His primary research focuses on the real-world effects of Supreme Court rulings and the Court's power to implement its decisions. His book, The Nature of Supreme Court Power (Cambridge, 2011) won the C. Herman Pritchett Award for Best Book on Law and Courts from the American Political Sciences Association in 2012. His research has also appeared in Law & Social Inquiry, The Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, American Politics Research, and The Journal of Law and Policy.
Dr. Hall is currently pursuing research projects on the effects of aggregate Supreme Court decision making and the dynamics of judicial independence. Along with co-authors, Jason Windett, Christopher Witko, and Michael Wolff, he is also starting a major research project on inter-branch relations and policy making in the American states. This project is supported by the Saint Louis University President's Research Fund Award and the Eagleton Institute on Politics at Rutgers. The goal of the project is to map a common ideological space of political institutions in the American states.
Methods in Political Science syllabus
The American Constitution, Part 1 syllabus
The American Constitution, Part 2
The Politics of Crime and Punishment syllabus
American Constitution: Civil Liberties syllabus
Constitutional Theory and Development syllabus
The Legislative Process syllabus
Special Topics: Church & State syllabus
Special Topics: Civil Rights syllabus