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John Gates

Courses: POL 7, POL 150, POL 151, POL 152, POL 154, POL 155, POL 196A

I am a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at the University of California at Davis. My teaching and research interests focus on judicial decision making.  I am particularly interested in understanding the interplay of rules, preferences, and context.   The focus of most of my reserach has been on on the consequences of judicial review, judicial selection, interest group litigation, and the content of judicial opinions.


Office Hours for Spring Quarter, 2013:


          Mondays, 12:00 - 2:00 & by appointment. 


Contact Information


              Phone: 530-752-0966

              Mailing Address:

                     Department of Political Science
                     University of California, Davis
                     One Shields Ave
                     Davis, CA 95616 

Representative Publications

The Supreme Court and Partisan Realignment: A Macro and Microlevel Perspective.

American Courts: A Critical Assessment, (edited with Charles A. Johnson).

"The Supreme Court and Partisan Change: Contravening, Provoking, and Diffusing Partisan Change,” in The Supreme Court and American Politics: New Institutionalist Perspectives.

"Intentionalism in Constitutional Opinions," with Glenn Phelps, Political Research Quarterly.

"Unconstitutional State Policies, Electoral Realignment, and Policymak­ing by the U.S. Supreme Court." American Journal of Political Science.

"Presidents, Justices, and Racial Equality Cases, 1954-1984," with Jeffrey E. Cohen, Political Behavior.