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