Dr. Udi Sommer
I joined the faculty of the Political Science Department at Tel Aviv University in Fall 2010 after teaching for three years at the University at Albany: State University of New York as assistant professor of political science (PhD, Stony Brook University, 2007; MA Tel Aviv University, 2002; BA The Hebrew University, 1999).
My broad research interests are in American and comparative politics, judicial politics and political methodology. I specialize in the analysis of political institutions and legal evolution. My scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Comparative Political Studies, Rationality and Society, Judicature, Justice System Journal, and The Journal of Women, Politics and Policy.
I am a recipient of several gra nt s and fellowships including the Marie Curie Grant from the European Union, Fulbright Doctoral Fellowship and the National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant. My work has been presented in the annual meetings of the American, Midwest, Southern and Western Political Science Associations.
I have teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate levels in Tel Aviv University, the University at Albany and Stony Brook. Classes include Math for Political Scientists, Civil Rights and Liberties, Judicial Decision Making, Survey Class in Judicial Politics (PhD), Advanced Statistics for Public Policy (MA), Comparative Politics, American Supreme Court, Constitutional Law and Politics: USA and Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (BA).
"Original Sin: A Cross National Study of the Legality of Homosexual Acts". 2011. Comparative Political Studies (forthcoming) (with Victor Asal)
"Judicial Decision Making in Times of Financial Crises: State Supreme Courts and Mortgage Moratorium Laws in the Great Depression." 2011. Judicature (forthcoming) (with Quan Li)
"Representative Appointments: The Effect of Women Constituencies on Supreme Court Confirmation Votes." 2011. Journal of Women, Politics and Policy (forthcoming)
"Setting a Supreme Agenda: Opinion Minded Justices and the Decision on Certiorari." 2011. Rationality and Society (forthcoming)
"Extreme Dissensus: Why Plurality Opinions Happen on the US Supreme Court" Justice System Journal 31(2), 2010 (with Pamela Corley, Art Ward and Amy Steigerwalt)
"A Strategic Court and National Security: Comparative Lessons from the Israeli Case." Israel Studies Forum 25(2), 2010
"Beyond Defensive Denials: Evidence from the Blackmun Files for a Broader Scope of Strategic Certiorari." Justice System Journal 31(3), 2010
"Crusades Against Corruption and Institutionally Induced Strategies in the Israeli Supreme Court" Israel Affairs 15(3), 2009
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