Justin Wedeking



· The Conscientious Justice: How Supreme Court Justices’ Personalities Influence the Law, the High Court, and the Constitution. With Ryan C. Black, Ryan J. Owens, and Patrick C. Wohlfarth. 2020. Cambridge University Press.

·  Cambridge University Press

·  Amazon


· Supreme Court Opinions and Their Audiences. With Ryan C. Black, Ryan J. Owens, and Patrick C. Wohlfarth. 2016, Cambridge University Press.

·  Cambridge University Press

·  Amazon          


· Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings in the US Senate: Reconsidering the Charade.  With Dion Farganis, 2014, University of Michigan Press.

·   University of Michigan Press

·   Amazon


· Oral Arguments and Coalition Formation on the U.S. Supreme Court: A Deliberate Dialogue.  With Ryan C. Black and Timothy R. Johnson. 2012, University of Michigan Press.

·   University of Michigan Press

·   Amazon



· National Science Foundation. $275,000. PI with Michael A. Zilis. Portrayals and Perceptions of the Supreme Court in a New Media Landscape. May 2019-April 2021.


Journal Publications            


             Judicial Politics

· “Negative Media Coverage of the Supreme Court: The Interactive Role of Opinion Language, Coalition Size, and Ideological Signals" with  Alexander Denison and Michael A. Zilis. Forthcoming. Social Science Quarterly.

· “Disagreeable Rhetoric and the Prospect of Public Opposition: Opinion Moderation on the U.S. Supreme Court" with Michael A. Zilis.  2018. Political Research Quarterly 7(2): 380-394.

· “Using Text as Data to Measure Latent Legal Constructs: A Dictionary-Based Approach" with Alexander Denison. Michigan State Law Review 2017:1057-1084.

· “Supreme Court Opinions and Audiences” with Ryan C. Black, Ryan J. Owens, and Patrick C. Wohlfarth. 2017. Washington University Journal of Law and Policy.

· “Hitting the Bullseye in Supreme Court Coverage: News Quality in the Court's 2014 Term” with Alexander Denison and Michael Zilis. 2017. Elon Law Review IX(2):489-523.

· “Connecting with the Courts: Online Access to State Judicial Systems” with Michael Parkin. 2017. Justice System Journal.


· The Influence of Public Sentiment on Supreme Court Opinion Clarity” with Ryan C. Black, Ryan J. Owens, and Patrick C. Wohlfarth.  2016.  Law & Society Review 50(3): 703-732.


· Is Judicial Expertise Dynamic? Judicial Expertise, Complex Networks, and Legal Policy” with Anne Lippert. 2016. Michigan State Law Review 2016: 567-606.


· “The (Dis)Advantage of Certainty: The Importance of Certainty in Language.” With Pamela Corley. 2014. Law & Society Review 48(1): 35-62.


· How the Supreme Court Alters Opinion Language to Evade Congressional Review” with Ryan J. Owens and Patrick C. Wohlfarth.  2013 Journal of Law and Courts Vol. 1(1): 35-59.


· Predicting Drift on Politically Insulated Institutions:  A Study of Ideological Drift on the United States Supreme Court”  with Ryan J. Owens.  - Online Appendix Here   2012 Journal of Politics 74(2): 487-500.

·   Revised Replication data (Sept. 2, 2016) [here]

·   Winner of the Pi Sigma Alpha best paper award for the 2011 Southern Political Science Association meeting


· Why Do Policy Motivated Justices Conform to Unfavorable Precedents?  The Role of Social-Legal Backgrounds and Precedential Characteristics”  2012 Justice System Journal 33(1): 69-95.


· “Justices and Legal Clarity: Analyzing the Complexity of Supreme Court Opinions”  with Ryan J. Owens.  2011 Law & Society Review 45(4): 1027-1061.

·   Covered in the New York Times (Adam Liptak).


· ’No Hints, No Forecasts, No Previews’: An Empirical Analysis of Supreme Court Nominee Candor From Harlan to Kagan” with Dion Farganis.  2011 Law & Society Review 45(3): 525-559.

· A previous [SSRN-here] was cited or covered in the New York Times (Adam Liptak), McClatchy Newspapers (various outlets), SCOTUSBlog, Miller-McCune, PBS-NewsHour: The Rundown Blog and follow-up story, CQ Weekly, Lexington Herald-Leader, NPR affiliate


· Supreme Court Litigants and Strategic Framing”  2010 American Journal of Political Science 54(3): 617-631.

                          - online appendix [here]


· “The Candor Factor: Does Nominee Evasiveness Affect Judiciary Committee Support for Supreme Court Nominees?”  with Dion Farganis.  Hofstra Law Review 39(2).329-368.


· “Pardon the Interruption: An Empirical Analysis of Supreme Court Justices’ Behavior During Oral Arguments”  with Timothy R. Johnson and Ryan C. Black.  2009 Loyola Law Review vol. 55, #1(Summer): 331-351. 


· Perceptions and Experiences of Gender Fairness in Mississippi Courts”  with John W. Winkle III. 2003.  Judicature 87: 126-134. 


           Public Opinion and Political Behavior

· Accounting for Temporal Trends in Party Affect: Negativity versus Neutrality”  with Harvey D. Palmer.  2011 (vol. 21)  Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties.

·   Winner of the 2002 Pi Sigma Alpha award for the overall best paper presented at the 2002 Southwestern Social Science Association meeting. 

·   online appendix [here]


· People Who Have Their Tickets But Do Not Use Them: ‘Motor Voter,’ Turnout, and Registration Revisited.”  with Robert D. Brown, 2006.  American Politics Research 34(4): 479-504. 


Other Publications

· Some (Potential) Applications of Computer Content Analysis to the Study of Law & Courts” with Ryan J. Owens. In Law & Courts:

                          Newsletter of the Law & Courts Section of the American Political Science Association 22(1): 26-32.

· “Book Review of The Psychology of Judicial Decision Making, edited by David Klein

                          and Gregory Mitchell.” Law and Politics Book Review Vol. 21(3): 112-116.

· “Book Review of Law, Politics, and Perception: How Policy Preferences Influence Legal

Reasoning, by Eileen Braman. Journal of Politics Vol. 73(2):617-619.

· “Book Review of Public Opinion and the Rehnquist Court, by Thomas R. Marshall.”

Law and Politics Book Review Vol. 18 No. 8 (August); 729-733.

· “Book Review of The Final Arbiter: The Consequences of Bush v. Gore for Law and

Politics, edited by Christopher P. Banks, David B. Cohen, and John C. Green.” Law and Politics Book Review Vol. 18 No.1  (January): 76-79.



My SSRN page (where you can find some of my papers)- [click here]