Justin Wedeking received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. His dissertation, titled, "Elite Framing and Supreme Court Decision Making," examined how legal actors frame arguments and make decisions. His areas of specialization are judicial behavior and decision making, judicial process, oral arguments, Supreme Court confirmation hearings, media coverage of the Supreme Court, and the role of courts in American society. Secondary areas include computer text analysis, public opinion, and political psychology. He recently finished serving as the Editor for the Journal of Law and Courts.
His research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, he is past editor of Journal of Law and Courts, and he has coauthored four books on various topics related to the U.S. Supreme Court (two with Cambridge University Press and two with the University of Michigan Press). He has also published numerous articles in various outlets, such as the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Law & Society Review, Journal of Law and Courts, American Politics Research, Political Behavior, Social Science Quarterly, Justice System Journal, Judicature, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties, and several contributions in various law reviews and chapters in edited volumes.
His research has been covered in the New York Times, PBS, NPR, SCOTUSBlog, McClatchy Newspapers, Miller-McCune, and CQ Weekly among others.