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Paul M. Collins - University of Massachusetts Amherst. Amherst, MA, US

Paul M. Collins Paul M. Collins

Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science / Director of Legal Studies | University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, MA, UNITED STATES

Paul Collins' research interests include understanding the democratic nature of the judiciary.

Areas of Expertise (2)

American Politics

Public Law

Biography

Paul M. Collins investigates the factors that shape the selection and decision-making process of U.S. Supreme Court justices and interest group litigation. He has published more than two dozen articles and is the author of the books Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings and Constitutional Change (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and Friends of the Supreme Court: Interest Groups and Judicial Decision Making (Oxford University Press, 2008), which received the 2009 C. Herman Pritchett Award from the American Political Science Association.

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Education (3)

Binghamton University (SUNY): Ph.D., Political Science

Binghamton University (SUNY): M.A., Political Science

University of Scranton.: B.S., Political Science

Press Coverage (6)

Amy Klobuchar is Joe Biden’s best VP pick

The Boston Globe  print

2020-04-28

Paul Collins is quoted about possible future Supreme Court nominees if Joe Biden is elected president.

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Massachusetts Citizens Commission Report

WGBY: Connecting Point  tv

2020-02-07

A 2018 ballot question tasked the Massachusetts Citizens Commission with devising a plan to overturn the 2010 Citizens United ruling. nth, the Citizens Commision For context and analysis, Carrie Saldo spoke with UMass Amherst Professor of Political Science Paul Collins, Jr.

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With stakes beyond task at hand, John Roberts takes central role in Trump’s impeachment trial

The Washington Post  print

2020-01-16

Paul M. Collins Jr., a University of Massachusetts at Amherst political scientist who studies the judiciary, described Chief Justice John Roberts’s dilemma in presiding over Pres. Trump's impeachment trial.

“Any decision he makes in the president’s favor will be interpreted as partisan since Roberts is a Republican,” Collins said. “Yet any decision he makes against the president will be interpreted as biased, too.”

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Roberts will tap his inner umpire in impeachment trial

AP  print

2019-12-23

Paul M. Collins Jr. says Chief Justice John Roberts isn’t likely to make controversial or partisan rulings in the upcoming impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump because that would undermine the view of the court as above politics and even handed

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Brett Kavanaugh’s Expert Evasions, Learned From Past Masters

The New York Times  print

2018-09-08

Paul M. Collins says Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, has avoided answering questions during his confirmation hearings in a predictable pattern.

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Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin

CNN  tv

2018-09-03

Paul M. Collins discusses the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Paul Collins on CNN

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Publications (3)

Trump attacked the Supreme Court again. Here are 4 things to know. The Washington Post

Paul M. Collins Jr. and Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha

2020-02-27

Once again, President Trump has picked a fight with the Supreme Court.

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Interruptions at Supreme Court confirmation hearings have been rising since the 1980s The Conversation

Paul M. Collins, Jr. and Lori A. Ringhand

2018-10-04

Depending on who you ask, the American people saw very different things in the riveting testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings and Constitutional Change (Book) Cambridge University Press

Paul M. Collins and Lori H. Ringhand

2013-06-24

This book presents a contrarian view to the idea that the confirmation of Supreme Court nominees by the Senate Judiciary Committee is merely empty ritual and political grandstanding.

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