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Doug Rice

Professional Title: 

Associate Professor
Political Science & Research Methods Concentration Coordinator

Service Role: 

  • Field Clerk - Public Law


Thompson 218


Office Hours: 

Fall 2023: Wednesdays, 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.


From Pennsylvania State University, Department of Political Science: Ph.D., Political Science, 2013. M.A., Political Science, 2010. From Villanova University, Department of Political Science. M.A., Political Science, 2008.


My research centers on judicial policymaking in American politics, with a particular interest in the power of courts in the American policymaking context, and the implications of according policymaking power to judicial institutions in a democratic political system. My work has appeared in The Journal of Politics, Political Research QuarterlyThe Journal of Law, Economics, and OrganizationPolitical Science Research & Methods, The Journal of Law and Courts, American Politics Research, and other journals. 

I am happy to work with graduate students interested in subjects like judicial decision-making and opinion writing, text-as-data research, the separation of powers, media coverage of judicial institutions and decisions, and the influence of courts in the policy process. 

For more information on my current research, prior publications, and current and prior course offerings, please see my personal website. 


Area of Study: 

  • American politics
  • Public law
  • Public policy and organizations

Graduation Year: 


Curriculum Vitae: 

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  • Political Science
  • Legal Studies