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Robert Howard

Professor    Political Science    , ,
Education

• State University of New York at Stony Brook Stony Brook, NY, 1994 – 1998
Ph.D. in Political Science, Fields of Specialization: American Government, Judicial Politics and Public Law, Political Economy and Political Methodology (1998)
• State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY, 1994 – 1998
M.A. degree in Political Science (1997)
• Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA, 1978 – 1981
J.D. degree, cum laude, Law Review (1981)
• Union College, Schenectady, NY, 1974 – 1978
B.A. degree in Political Science), cum laude, Highest Honors in Political Science (1978)

Specializations

Judicial Politics and Public Law, American Politics and Public Policy
Research Interests
Impact of courts and litigation on social and public policy, and judicial decision making by the Federal and State Courts

Biography

Dr. Robert Howard is currently a Professor of political science at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Executive Director of the Southern Political Science Association. Dr. Howard received his bachelor’s degree from Union College in Schenectady, New York, earned a law degree from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts, and a Masters and a PhD in American Politics and Public Law from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His main research interests are the impact of courts and litigation on social and public policy, and judicial decision making by the Federal and State Courts. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Judging Law and Policy: Courts and Policymaking in the American Political System and Getting a Poor Return: Courts, Justice and Taxes, as well as the co-author of the latest edition of Politics in Georgia.
Dr. Howard has been the Editor of Justice System Journal and is the current Editor of the Routledge Press book series Law, Courts, and Politics.

Publications

“Judicial Independence: Evidence From a Natural Experiment” (with Pamela Corley and Scott Graves) Law and Policy 38(1): 68-90 (2014)

“Specialization in Judicial Decision Making: Comparing Bankruptcy Panels and Federal District Court Judges.” American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review 22(2): 407 – 429 (2014) (with Shenita Brazelton)

Politics in Georgia, (with Arnold Fleishmann and Richard Engstrom) University of Georgia Press: Athens, GA (forthcoming 2015)

Georgia’s Constitution and Government, 9th ed., GA (with Arnold Fleischmann and Richard Engstrom) University of Georgia Press, Athens, (December 2013)