August 5th, 2010

About Me

William BlakeThis fall I will become an assistant professor of Political Science at Indiana University, Indianapolis (IUPUI). I am currently a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in Government (ABD) at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in public law and American politics. I have an M.A. from Texas, and I earned a bachelor’s degree in Government (magna cum laude and with high honors) from the College of William and Mary in 2004. I was awarded a Joe R. Long Fellowship for the Fall of 2012, which allowed me to advance the work on my dissertation.

A paper I co-authored with Stefanie Lindquist and Pamela Corley won the Best Conference Paper Award in 2011 from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association. My research has also been featured in several media reports, which are linked on the right side of this page.

My research interests include judicial decisionmaking, American Political Development, legal theory, comparative constitutionalism, and religion and law.  My dissertation develops and tests a comprehensive theory of judicial independence on state supreme courts based on levels of reappointment uncertainty associated with different forms of judicial elections and reconfirmation. My past research spans quantitative and qualitative methods and empirical, theoretical, and interpretive questions. I am also gaining experience with experimental design and archival research.

Before entering graduate school, I worked a variety of different political jobs at the state and federal level, from lobbying to media relations and political campaigns. I also have extensive experience as a speech and debate coach.