Political Scientists Submit Amicus Brief in Hollingsworth v. Perry

The Supreme Court of the United States will hear arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry on March 26, 2013. An amicus brief (or "friend of the court") has been filed by political scientists in support of the  respondents. To read the brief in full, click here.

The issues in Hollingsworth v. Perry are "(1) Whether the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits the State of California from defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman; and (2) whether petitioners have standing under Article III, § 2 of the Constitution in this case."

For more information concerning Hollingsworth v. Perry, or to view a list of all briefs submitted to the Court, visit the case page on the SCOTUS blog. 

John Aldrich is the Pfizer-Pratt University Professor of Political Science at Duke University, and specializes in American politics and behavior, formal theory, and methodology. He has authored or co-authored books such as Why Parties, Before the Convention, Linear Probability, Logit and Probit Models, and a series of books on elections, the most recent of which is Change and Continuity in the 2008 and 2010 Elections. His articles have appeared in the American Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political ScienceJournal of PoliticsPublic Choice, and other journals and edited volumes. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has served as co-editor of the American Journal of Political Science and as a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and the Rockefeller Center, Bellagio, Italy. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Shaun Bowler received his Ph.D from Washington University, St. Louis and joined the University of California, Riverside faculty in 1989. His research interests include comparative electoral systems and voting behavior and his work examines the relationship between institutional arrangements and voter choice in a variety of settings ranging from the Republic of Ireland to California's initiative process. Professor Bowler is the author of Demanding Choices: Opinion Voting and Direct Democracy with Todd Donovan, University of Michigan Press (1998) and has published in the American Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political ScienceJournal of Politics, and American Politics Quarterly.

Bruce Cain is a Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and Director Designate of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. He received a BA from Bowdoin College (1970), a B Phil. from Oxford University (1972) as a Rhodes Scholar, and a Ph D from Harvard University (1976).  He taught at Caltech (1976-89) and UC Berkeley (1989-2012) before coming to Stanford.  Professor Cain was Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley from 1990-2007 and Executive Director of the UC Washington Center from 2005-2012.  He was elected the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000 and has won awards for his research (Richard F. Fenno Prize, 1988), teaching (Caltech 1988 and UC Berkeley 2003) and public service (Zale Award for Outstanding Achievement in Policy Research and Public Service, 2000).   His areas of expertise include political regulation, applied democratic theory, representation and state politics.  Some of Professor Cain’s most recent publications include “Malleable Constitutions: Reflections on State Constitutional Design,” coauthored with Roger Noll in University of Texas Law Review, volume 2, 2009; “More or Less: Searching for Regulatory Balance,” in Race, Reform and the Political Process, edited by Heather Gerken, Guy Charles and Michael Kang, CUP, 2011; and “Redistricting Commissions: A Better Political Buffer?” in The Yale Law Journal, volume 121, 2012.  He is currently working on a book about political reform in the US. 

Margaret Levi is the Jere L. Bacharach Professor of International Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Washington, Seattle and, jointly, Chair in Politics, US Studies Centre, University of Sydney.  She is Director of the CHAOS (Comparative Historical Analysis of Organizations and States) Center and formerly the Harry Bridges Chair and Director, the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies. Levi earned her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in 1968 and her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1974, the year she joined the faculty of the University of Washington. She became a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001 and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in 2002. She was a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar (2006-7) and recipient of the S. Sterling Munro Public Service Teaching Award in 2001. She served as President of the American Political Science Association (2004-5).


Cornell W. Clayton is the Claudius O. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Political Science and has been the director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service since 2008. He earned his D.Phil. in politics from Oxford University in 1990 and joined the WSU faculty in 1992. His research focuses on American political institutions, law, and judicial politics, and he is currently working on a book entitled The Supreme Court and the Political Regime, to be published by the University of Chicago Press. Previous books include: Washington State Government and Politics (WSU Press, 2004), The Supreme Court in American Politics (University of Press of Kansas, 1999), Supreme Court Decision-Making (University of Chicago, 1999), Government Lawyers (University of Press of Kansas, 1995), and The Politics of Justice (M.E. Sharpe, 1992). Clayton currently also serves as the co-editor of Political Research Quarterly, the journal of the Western Political Science Association.


Donald P. Haider-Markel is Professor of political science and Chair at the University of Kansas. His research and teaching is focused on the representation of interests in the policy process and the dynamics between public opinion and policy.  He has authored or co-authored over 45 refereed articles, multiple book chapters, and several books in a range of issue areas, including gay and lesbian civil rights, the environment, religion and the culture wars, criminal justice, and terrorism.  He has been recipient or co-recipient of grants from the EPA STAR program, the National Science Foundation, and the American Psychological Foundation.

Rodney Hero is a professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley. His research and teaching focus on American democracy and politics, especially as viewed through the analytical lenses of Latino Politics, Racial/Ethnic Politics, State & Urban Politics, and Federalism. His book, Latinos and the U.S. Political System: Two-tiered Pluralism, received the American Political Science Association's 1993 Ralph J. Bunche Award. He also authored Faces of Inequality: Social Diversity in American Politics (which was selected for the APSA’s Woodrow Wilson Award in 1999), and Racial Diversity and Social Capital: Equality and Community in America.  He is also co-author of MultiEthnic Moments: The Politics of Urban Education Reform, Newcomers, Insiders and Outsiders Immigrants and American Racial Politics in the Early 21st Century, and Latino Lives in America: Making it Home. He has also authored and co-authored a number of articles in scholarly journals, and is a co-principal investigator on the Latino National Survey (completed in 2006).

Taeku Lee is Professor of Political Science and Law and Chair of the Travers Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He has written or edited Mobilizing Public Opinion, Transforming Politics, Transforming America (with Ricardo Ramírez and S. Karthick Ramakrishnan, Why Americans Don't Join the Party with Zoltan Hajnal, Asian American Political Participation (with Janelle Wong, S. Karthick Ramakrishnan, Jane Junn) and Accountability through Public Opinion (with Sina Odugbemi). Mobilizing Public Opinion received the J. David Greenstone and the V.O. Key book award in 2003; Why Americans Don't Join the Party was awarded the best book award from the Race and Ethnic Politics section of the American Political Science Association. Lee is currently co-Principal Investigator of the National Asian American Survey and is co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Racial and Ethnic Politics in the United States (with David Leal and Mark Sawyer).  Lee has served in leadership, advisory, and consultative capacities for the academy, policy think tanks, non-governmental organizations, and multinationals.  He currently serves on the Board of the American National Election Studies and the Council of the American Political Science Association.


Gregory B. Lewis is professor and chair of Public Management and Policy.  He primarily teaches quantitative research methods in the master’s and doctoral programs. Lewis focuses his research on career patterns in the public service and on diversity issues more broadly.  Recent work examines the impact of veterans’ preference, performance ratings, and aging on public sector work forces.  Most of his work on public sector careers explicitly considers the impact of race and gender – on pay, performance ratings, promotions, turnover, and access to veterans’ preference, among other topics. For the past decade, he has published widely on why public support for gay and lesbian rights, including same-sex marriage, has risen. He is one of the first scholars to study lesbians and gay men as government employees.  Early work examined how prohibitions on federal employment and security clearances for homosexuals were overcome.  More recently, he has focused on gay-straight differences in probabilities of public and nonprofit employment and on gay-straight pay differences within the sectors. He serves on the editorial boards of the American Review of Public Administration and the American Political Science Review.

Michael McCann is Gordon Hirabayashi Professor for the Advancement of Citizenship at the University of Washington. A former chair of the Political Science Department and Adjunct Professor in the Law School, he is the founding director of both the interdisciplinary Comparative Law and Society Studies (CLASS) Center and the undergraduate Law, Societies, and Justice program. McCann is the author of Taking Reform Seriously: Perspectives on Public Interest Liberalism (Cornell, 1986), Rights at Work: Pay Equity Reform and the Politics of Legal Mobilization (Chicago, 1994), and (with William Haltom) Distorting the Law: Politics, Media, and the Litigation Crisis (Chicago, 2004). The last two books together have won six major book awards from professional academic associations. He has published over forty essays in Law & Society Review, Law and Social Inquiry, and other social science journals and law reviews as well as in edited books on numerous subjects. Among his present research projects is a study of the cultural backlash against egalitarian rights claiming and public interest litigation for progressive health-related causes in the U.S., and its implications for contemporary politics at local, national, and international levels. He was named a Guggenheim Fellow for the 2007-8 academic year.

Valerie Martinez-Ebers is a professor of political science at the University of North Texas and a co-editor of the American Political Science Review. Her research is primarily in American politics and race, ethnicity and politics (especially Latino politics), public policy (especially education and immigration), and survey research. She received her Ph.D from the Ohio State University in 1990 and she is co-author of Politicas: Latina Public Officials in Texas, Making it Home: Latino Lives in America, and Latinos in the New Millennium: an Almanac of Opinion, Behavior and Policy Preferences. She also edited Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity and Religion: Identity Politics in America and is a co-principal investigator for the Latino National Survey.


Kenneth Sherrill is a professor emeritus of Political Science at Hunter College, CUNY and a member of the doctoral faculty in political science at the CUNY Graduate School and University Center. He chaired Hunter’s political science department from 1996 to 2005. He currently is a member of the American Political Science Association’s Committee on Academic Freedom and Professional Ethics. From 2001 to 2004, Sherrill served on its Departmental Services Committee. He currently serves on the editorial board of Politics, Groups, and Identities. His books include Power, Policy, and Participation (Harper and Row) and Gays and the Military (Princeton University Press). The latter won honorable mention for the Gustavus Magnus Prize for Distinguished Book on Human Rights in the North Americas. He is the author of articles and reviews that have appeared in American Political Science Review, PS: Political Science and Politics, Comparative Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Public Perspective, Public Opinion Pros, Gay and Lesbian Review (formerly Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review), Bay Windows, of chapters in books published by Princeton University Press, Columbia University Press, and the University of Chicago Press. In recent years, he has given invited lectures at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Illinois-Chicago, the University of Connecticut-Storrs, Oberlin College, SUNY-Oswego, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,  Virginia Tech,Yale University, Harvard Law School, and the UCLA Law School. He also has authored three commissioned pieces for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Policy Institute, one for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and two for the American Political Science Association that have been posted on their websites. In past years, he has been Chair and Program Chair for the LGBT Caucus of the American Political Science Association and served on APSA’s Committee on the Status of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgendered in the Profession. He also has been an expert witness in many civil rights cases, including Romer v Evans. Sherrill’s current work is a study of the political attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of a national random sample of LGB Americans. Initial findings have been presented in recent papers at meetings of the American Political Science Association, the Midwest Political Science Association, the New York chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and in a report published by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.


Charles Anthony Smith received his PhD in political science from the University of California-San Diego (2004) and his JD from the University of Florida (1987). He is an Associate Professor at the University of California-Irvine and is the Chair of the LGBT Status Committee for the American Political Science Association. He has published The Rise and Fall of War Crimes Trials: from Charles I to Bush II (NY: Cambridge University Press, 2012), articles in Law & Society Review, Political Research Quarterly, Justice System Journal, International Political Science Review, Judicature, Journal of Human Rights, Election Law Journal, Studies in Law, Politics & Society, Human Rights Review, Journal of International Relations & Development  among other journals and published chapters in edited volumes with Cambridge University Press,  Oxford University Press, and University of Pennsylvania Press, among others. He has edited a volume for Routledge and served as guest editor for special issues of the Journal of Human Rights and Human Rights Review.

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