Shane A. GleasonAssistant Professor
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Ph.D. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 2014
Shane A. Gleason joined the Department of Political Science at Idaho State University as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2014. He received his PhD in 2014 from Southern Illinois University with specializations in public law and methodology. Before that, he earned bachelors' degrees in political science and history from Cleveland State University in 2007.
Dr. Gleason's primary research interests are centered on the role of the U.S. states in both federal and state courts. Throughout this research, he emphasizes the importance of institutional design in shaping the actions of political actors. This work finds that institutional factors influence the behavior of both government attorneys and judges and impacts outcomes on topics as diverse as the rights afforded to the criminally accused and the provision of health care.
More recently, Dr. Gleason’s research has turned to the role of gender in judicial decision-making by focusing on how gender norms impact judicial evaluations of attorneys.
Additionally, Dr. Gleason is interested in methodology, particularly social network analysis and quantitative textual analysis. His focus on methodology allows him to approach existing questions in new and innovative ways. This also provides for varied collaborations with other scholars on topics as wide ranging as the diffusion of education policy across state supreme courts and candidate entry in gubernatorial elections.
Dr. Gleason's teaching interests include constitutional law, civil rights & liberties, judicial behavior, law & society, and research methods.
- Constitutional Law (Separation of Powers)
- Constitutional Law (Civil liberties)
- Law and Society
- Introduction to US Government
- Research Methods
1. Shane A. Gleason and Colin Provost. 2016. Representing the States Before the U.S. Supreme Court: State Amicus Brief Participation, the Policy-Making Environment and the Fourth Amendment." Publius: The Journal of Federalism. 46(2):248-273.
2. Shane A. Gleason and Robert M. Howard. 2015. "State Supreme Courts and Shared Networking: The Diffusion of Education Policy." The Albany Law Review. 78(4): 1485-1511.
3. Philip Habel, Daniel Bennett, Shane A. Gleason, and Scott A. Comparato. 2015. "The Implications of Salary for the Quality of Nominations to the Federal District Courts, 1964-2012." Justice System Journal 36(4): 323-340.
4. Shane A. Gleason and Christopher T. Stout. 2014. "Is There Really Any Change? Exploring the Causal Relationship Between Descriptive Representation and Black Empowerment." The Journal of Black Studies 45: 635-659.
5. John. A. Hamman, Shane A. Gleason, and Charles DiSteffano. 2014. "Incumbent vulnerability and entry in gubernatorial elections: The case of former governors." Social Science Journal 51(2): 212-218.
6. Scott A. Comparato, Scott D. McClurg, and Shane A. Gleason. 2012. “Patterns of Policy Making across State Supreme Courts.” In Kevin T. McGuire (Ed.), New Directions in Judicial Politics. New York: Routledge.