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Thomas G. Hansford

Associate Professor Thomas Hansford

Associate Professor

School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
University of California, Merced
5200 North Lake Rd.
Merced, CA 95343

T: (209) 228-4037
E: thansford [at] ucmerced [dot] edu
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Research Interests

  • American politics
  • Judicial politics
  • Voting and elections
  • Methodology

Hansford studies American politics, with a focus on judicial politics. His research addresses interest group involvement in the courts, interactions between the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress, the selection of judges, the interpretation of precedent at the Supreme Court, and the evolution of judicial institutions. He also has an interest in campaigns, elections, and voter turnout.

Hansford's publications includeThe Politics of Precedent at the U.S. Supreme Court (Princeton University Press) and numerous articles in journals such as American Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and Law & Society Review.


  • Ph.D., Political Science, 2001, University of California, Davis
  • B.A., Political Science, 1993, Saint Mary's College of Maryland