Paul M. Collins, Jr.

UMass Professor Paul M. Collins, Jr.
Professor of Political Science and Director of Legal Studies
Department of Political Science
328 Thompson Hall

Paul Collins serves as a mentor and co-facilitator of the ISSR Scholars program, in collaboration with Ryan Wells (Educational Policy, Research & Administration). Dr. Collins is Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science and Director of Legal Studies in the Department of Political Science at UMass Amherst.

Dr. Collins’ research focuses on understanding the democratic nature of the judiciary, interdisciplinary approaches to legal decision making, and social movement litigation.

Recent Publications:

  • Collins, Paul M., Jr., and Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha. 2020. The President and the Supreme Court: Going Public on Judicial Decisions from Washington to Trump. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming). 
  • Boyd, Christina L., Paul M. Collins, Jr., and Lori A. Ringhand. 2018. “The Role of Nominee Gender and Race at Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings.” Law & Society Review 52(4): 871-901.
  • Collins, Paul M., Jr. 2018. “The Use of Amicus Curiae Briefs.” Annual Review of Law and Social Science 14: 219-237.
  • Collins, Paul M., Jr., and Lauren A. McCarthy. 2017. “Friends and Interveners: Interest Group Litigation in a Comparative Context.” Journal of Law and Courts 5(1): 55-80.

Keywords: law and society, judicial politics, interest groups, social movements, judges and judging, race, gender, and law