Areas of Expertise (2)
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.
Binghamton University (SUNY): Ph.D., Political Science
Binghamton University (SUNY): M.A., Political Science
University of Scranton.: B.S., Political Science
Press Coverage (7)
How Will Trump's Three Supreme Court Picks Affect New Challenge to Roe v. Wade?
Paul Collins said Trump's appointees "seem comfortable with overruling precedents they feel were wrongly decided" and this could include Roe. However, he believes the Court could limit itself when it comes to a ruling. "Look for Chief Justice Roberts to push the Court's conservative members to rule narrowly on the case to avoid controversy," Collins told Newsweek."
Amy Klobuchar is Joe Biden’s best VP pick
The Boston Globe print
Paul Collins is quoted about possible future Supreme Court nominees if Joe Biden is elected president.
Massachusetts Citizens Commission Report
WGBY: Connecting Point tv
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.
With stakes beyond task at hand, John Roberts takes central role in Trump’s impeachment trial
The Washington Post print
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.”
Roberts will tap his inner umpire in impeachment trial
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
Brett Kavanaugh’s Expert Evasions, Learned From Past Masters
The New York Times print
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.
Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin
Paul M. Collins discusses the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Should the Supreme Court have term limits?The Conversation
Paul M. Collins and Artemus Ward
Collins and Ward write: "Our extensive research on the Supreme Court shows life tenure, while well-intended, has had unforeseen consequences. It skews how the confirmation process and judicial decision-making work, and causes justices who want to retire to behave like political operatives."
Trump attacked the Supreme Court again. Here are 4 things to know.The Washington Post
Paul M. Collins Jr. and Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha
Once again, President Trump has picked a fight with the Supreme Court.
Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings and Constitutional Change (Book)Cambridge University Press
Paul M. Collins and Lori H. Ringhand
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.