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Ben Johnson

Professor Ben Johnson

Assistant Professor of Law
Affiliate Faculty, College of Information Sciences and Technology
Affiliate Faculty, Department of Political Science, College of the Liberal Arts


Curriculum Vitae

Phone: 
(814) 867-2803
Education: 

Ph.D., Princeton University
J.D., Yale Law School
M.A., Boston University
B.A., Baylor University

Professor Ben Johnson is an assistant professor of law at Penn State Law where he teaches Corporate Law, Law & Finance, and Federal Courts. His multimethodological research focuses on how judges make decisions, the consequences of judicial decision-making, and the normative implications of judicial processes. His most recent article, The Origins of Supreme Court Question-Selection, is forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review and examines the roots of the Supreme Court’s practice of preselecting questions for review. His research has also appeared in the North Carolina Law Review, the Connecticut Law Review, the University of Illinois Law Review, and Political Research Quarterly. In addition, he has ongoing projects using text analysis and novel machine learning tools to study the Court. In addition to his empirical work, he has a series of projects using formal modeling to study economic inequality and the logic of moral and judicial decision-making. 

 

The Origins of the Supreme Court Question-Selection, 122 Colum. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2022)

The Supreme Court's (Surprising?) Indifference to Public Opinion, 74 Pol Res. Q. (2020) (with Logan Strother)

Judges Breaking the Law: An Empirical Analysis of Financially Interested Judges Deciding Cases, 99 N.C. L. Rev.1 (2020) (with John Newby Parton)

Why Does the Supreme Uphold So Many Laws?, 2018 U. ILL. L. Rev. 1001 (with Keith Whittington)

The Supreme Court's Political Docket: How Ideology and the Chief Justice Control the Court's Agenda and Shape Law, 50 Conn. L. Rev. 581 (2018)

Horses & Carts and Justice & Rules: Getting the Order Right, in Exploring the Political Economy and Social Philosophy of James Buchanan (2018) (Paul Dragos Aligica et al, eds.)