Justin Wedeking

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  • Professor, Associate Chair, Director of Graduate Studies
  • Political Science
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Ph.D., University of Minnesota


Justin Wedeking received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2007.  His dissertation, titled, "Elite Framing and Supreme Court Decision Making," examines how legal actors frame arguments and make decisions. 

He has published numerous research books and articles. His research has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of PoliticsLaw & Society Review, Journal of Law and Courts, American Politics Research, Justice System JournalJudicature, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties, Michigan State Law ReviewHofstra Law Review, Elon Law Review, and the Loyola Law Review, as well as chapters in edited books.  He has also coauthored three books.  The first is titled Oral Arguments and Coalition on the U.S. Supreme Court: A Deliberate Dialogue (University Michigan Press, 2012).  His second book is titled, Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings in the U.S. Senate: Reconsidering the Charade (University of Michigan Press, 2014). His third book is titled, U.S. Supreme Court Opinions and Their Audiences (Cambridge University Press, 2016).  His research has been covered in the New York Times, PBS, NPR, SCOTUSBlog, McClatchy Newspapers, Miller-McCune, and CQ Weekly among others.
His areas of specialization are judicial behavior and decision making, judicial process, oral arguments, Supreme Court confirmation hearings, and the role of courts in American society.  Secondary areas include text analysis, public opinion, political psychology, and political participation.

Selected Publications: 

See CV for full list of publications.

  • U.S. Supreme Court Opinions and Their Audiences.  2016. Cambridge University Press (with Ryan C. Black, Ryan J. Owens, and Patrick C. Wohlfarth).
  • Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings in the U.S. Senate: Reconsidering the Charade. 2014. University of Michigan Press (with Dion Farganis).
  • Oral Arguments and Coalition Formation on the U.S. Supreme Court: A Deliberate Dialogue. 2012. University of Michigan Press (with Ryan C. Black and Timothy R. Johnson).
  • "Predicting Drift on Politically Insulated Institutions: A Study of Ideological Drift on the United States Supreme Court," with Ryan J. Owens. Journal of Politics 2012.
  • "Supreme Court Litigants and Strategic Framing." American Journal of Political Science 2010.
  • "Justices and Legal Clarity: Analyzing the Complexity of Supreme Court Opinions," with Ryan J. Owens. Law & Society Review 2011.


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