Chris W. Bonneau is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh, where he has been since 2002. His research is primarily in the areas of judicial selection (specifically, judicial elections) and judicial decisionmaking. Professor Bonneau’s work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and he has published numerous articles, including in the American Journal of Political Science and Journal of Politics. He is also the coauthor of three books: Strategic Behavior and Policy Choice on the U.S. Supreme Court (2005), In Defense of Judicial Elections (2009), and the award-winning Voters’ Verdicts: Citizens, Campaigns, and Institutions in State Supreme Court Elections (2015).
Professor Bonneau teaches undergraduate classes in constitutional law, judicial politics, and research methods, as well as graduate classes in judicial politics and research design.
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Part 1: State Judicial Selection Series
This paper is the first in a series of papers commissioned by the Federalist Society...
State Courts White Paper
The election of state judges is a controversial topic. Consider, for example, this quote from...
Engage Volume 12, Issue 1, June 2011
Alexander Hamilton in Federalist 78 famously called the judiciary the “least dangerous branch” of government....