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School of Public Policy Faculty Colloquium Presents Doug Rice

Event Details

May 1, 2017
12:15 pm-1:15 pm

Thompson Hall

Room: 620

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Susan Newton

The School of Public Policy (SPP) will continue its Spring 2017 Faculty Colloquium series with a talk by Doug Rice, assistant professor of legal studies.

Rice’s talk will address the changing role of the U.S. Supreme Court in shaping national policy. Coming out of a divisive and highly politicized nomination process, Rice will address the historically unique role of the modern Court in the policy process. Shaped by congressional interventions in the Court as an institution –  including numerous reorganizations of the federal judiciary as well as changes in the Court's jurisdiction –  the very types of cases likely to reach the Court have shifted markedly, and shaped the Court's inputs on public policy.  

Rice is broadly interested in the study of courts and public policy, the separation of powers, judicial behavior, agenda-setting and political methodology. His doctoral work was partially supported by a dissertation research improvement grant from the National Science Foundation, and he was twice the recipient of a Best Graduate Student Paper Award from the American Political Science Association’s Law and Courts Section. Since arriving at UMass in 2016, he’s taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in legal studies, including Law and Public Policy. Rice received his Ph.D. in political science from Penn State and a master’s degree from Villanova University.    

SPP’s colloquia are generally held monthly each semester and feature UMass faculty discussing ongoing research that has significant policy implications. The colloquium’s theme this year is “Broadening the SPP Network at UMass.”

All talks in the SPP Faculty Colloquium are free and open to the public. Brownbag lunches are welcome. For additional information, go to or contact Susan Newton (


Thompson Hall is located at 620 Hicks Way on the UMass Amherst campus.