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Michael Fix

Assistant Professor    , ,

Ph.D. 2011. University of South Carolina


Public Law/Judicial Politics and Research Methodology


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Georgia State University, specializing in judicial politics and research methodology. My primary research agenda focuses on the development and evolution of legal policy in politically salient areas. I am interested in looking at this in two distinct but complimentary ways. First, I am interested in the mechanisms that lead to the development of new legal policy or the evolution of existing legal policy. Second, I am interested in the impact these policies have on society and the mass public.

I currently teach undergraduate courses on civil liberties and judicial process and graduate courses in quantitative methods. I received my Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina and my M.A. and B.A. from the University of Kentucky.


Fix, Michael P. 2014. “Does Deference Depend on Distinction? Issue Salience and Judicial Decision Making in Administrative Law Cases.” Justice System Journal. 35(2):122–138.
Kassow, Benjamin, Donald R. Songer, and Michael P. Fix. 2012. “The Influence of Precedent on State Supreme Courts.” Political Research Quarterly 65(June): 372–384.
Randazzo, Kirk A., Richard W. Waterman, and Michael P. Fix. 2011. “State Supreme Courts and the Effects of Statutory Constraint.” Political Research Quarterly 64(Dec.): 790–802.
Fix, Michael P., and Kirk A. Randazzo. 2010. “Judicial Deference and National Security: Applications of the Political Question and Act of State Doctrines.” Democracy and Security 6(1): 1–16.