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Morgan Hazelton, J.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Political Science

Courses Taught

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, the American Constitution, Judicial Politics, Seminar in American Politics, Law, Policy, Society (Seminar), Civil Rights: A Moot Court Seminar, Constitutional Law I (School of Law), and Methods in Political Science


B.A., University of New Mexico

M.A., Washington University in St. Louis

Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis

J.D., University of Texas at Austin, School of Law

Research Interests

American Politics, Judicial Politics, Law & Courts, and Research Methods

Morgan Hazelton's Personal Website

Publications and Media Placements

Selected Publications

Hazelton, Morgan L.W., Rachael K.Hinkle, and Michael J. Nelson. 2023. The Elevator Effect: Contact and Collegiality in the American Judiciary, Oxford University Press.

Hazelton, Morgan L.W. and Rachael K. Hinkle. 2022. Persuading the Supreme Court: The Significance of Briefs in Judicial Descisionmaking. Kansas University Press.

Hazelton, Morgan L.W., Rachael K. Hinkle, and Michael J. Nelson. 2021. "How Interpersonal Contact Affects Appellate Review." Journal of Politics 84(1).

Hazelton, Morgan L.W. 2021. "Judicial Impact and Factual Allegations: How the Supreme Court Changed Civil Procedure through the Plausibility Standard." Journal of Law and Courts 9(1).

Honors and Awards

Co-Recipient of Pritchett Award for the best book in the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association, Honorable Mention, 2022.

Co-Recipient of Best Conference Paper Award by the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association, 2018.

Recipient of the Neal Tate Award for Best Paper in Judicial Politics for the Southern Political Science Association, 2016.

Neal Tate Award for Best Paper in Judicial Politics, Southern Political Science Association, 2016; Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence, Washington University in St. Louis, 2010-2011; El Paso Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year, El Paso Young Lawyers Association, 2007--2008.

Professional Organizations and Associations