American Politics


David Law is an internationally recognized expert in the comparative study of public law and courts, a pioneer in the application of empirical social science methods to the study of legal texts, and one of the most cited law and social science scholars in the country. His scholarship combines qualitative fieldwork on judicial and constitutional systems, quantitative analysis of constitutions and treaties, and regional expertise on Asia. Law’s work has been featured in a variety of international media and has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Romanian. 


Kirill Zhirkov is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and a Faculty Affiliate in the Democratic Statecraft Lab at the University of Virginia. Kirill's methodological research focuses on measurement of politically relevant beliefs and attitudes beyond standard survey self-reports. He uses these methods to address a number of substantive questions in the field of political psychology. One of them is the role of cognition in politics: how people perceive the social world and how these perceptions affect political preferences and behaviors.


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia.  I study judicial politics in the United States, with particular interests in the lower federal courts and public attitudes toward the judiciary.  One ongoing project considers how the U.S. federal court system shapes the decision-making of lower court judges, focusing on how judges on the U.S.


Danielle Charette is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy and a Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. Her current research addresses tensions between republican institutions and the emergence of political economy in the writings of David Hume and other Scottish Enlightenment figures. Her work has appeared in journals such as the American Political Science Review, the History of Political Thought, History of European Ideas, and Political Theory (online archive).


Ian H. Solomon is dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, where he leads a multidisciplinary faculty of scholars and practitioners who are committed to creating new knowledge, developing ethical and effective leaders, and advancing solutions to humanity’s greatest policy challenges.


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