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Michael SalamoneMichael Salamone

Associate Professor

Office: Johnson Tower 812
Phone: (509)335-7569
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Curriculum Vitae

Michael Salamone (Ph.D., 2011, University of California, Berkeley) is an associate professor of political science in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs. His research focuses on politics of the American courts. He is especially interested in how courts, particularly the U.S. Supreme Court, shape and are shaped by external political forces such as public opinion, the news media, and organized interests. His recent book, Perceptions of a Polarized Court, examines the role of political polarization in affecting the popular perception of the U.S. Supreme Court and its opinions.

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., University of California, Berkeley
B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Research Interests:
Judicial politics, American government, quantitative methods

POLS 201 – Political Research Methods

POLS 300 – The American Constitution

POLS 404 – The Judicial Process

POLS 510 – American Institutions and Process

POLS 516 – Law, Courts, and Judicial Politics

Salamone, Michael F. 2018. Perceptions of a Polarized Court: How Division among Justices Shapes the Supreme Court’s Public Image. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

Clayton, Cornell W., and Michael F. Salamone. 2018. “The Supreme Court.” In Developments in American Politics, 8th edition, eds. Gillian Peele, Christopher J. Bailey, Bruce Cain, and B. Guy Peters. Palgrave Macmillan.

Salamone, Michael F., and Carl McCurley. 2018. “Courts and the Judicial System.” In Governing the Evergreen State: Political Life in Washington, eds. Cornell W. Clayton, Todd Donovan, and Nicholas P. Lovrich. Pullman, WA: Washington State University Press.

Salamone, Michael F., Orion A. Yoesle, and Travis N. Ridout. 2017. “Judicial Norms and Campaigns: The Content of Televised Advertisements in State Supreme Court Races.” Justice System Journal 38(1): 4-21.

Salamone, Michael F. 2016. “American Constitutional Development, 1937-1980.” In American Government, ed. Stephen L. Schechter. Detroit: Macmillan.

Clayton, Cornell W., and Michael F. Salamone. 2014. “Still Crazy after All These Years: The Polarized Politics of the Roberts Court Continue.” The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics 12(4): 739-762.

Salamone, Michael F. 2014. “Judicial Consensus and Public Opinion: Conditional Response to Supreme Court Majority Size.” Political Research Quarterly 67(2): 320-334.

Hanley, John, Michael Salamone, and Mathew Wright. 2012. “Reviving the Schoolmaster: Re-evaluating Public Opinion in the Wake of Roe v. Wade.” Political Research Quarterly 65(2): 408-421.

Luks, Samantha, and Michael Salamone. 2008. “Abortion.” In Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy, ed. Nathaniel Persily, Jack Citrin, and Patrick J. Egan. New York: Oxford University Press.