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Alex Badas


Assistant Professor
Office: PGH 431
Twitter: BadasTweets
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Research Interests

  • American Politics 
  • Judicial Politics
  • The Supreme Court

Biographical Summary

Alex Badas is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston. He joined the department in the fall of 2018. His research expertise is in the field of judicial politics and covers many topics including judicial decision-making, public attitudes towards judicial institutions, and representation within the judiciary. He teaches courses on Judicial Behavior and Constitutional Law.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Badas, Alex, Billy Justus, and Siyu Li. 2022. "Assessing the Influence of Supreme Court's Shadow Docket in the Judicial Hierarchy.Justice System Journal.

Badas, Alex and Billy Justus. 2022. "Media Attention and Deliberation on the Supreme Court." Political Research Quarterly

Artabe, Eugenia and Alex Badas. Accepted. "Measuring the Counter-Majoritarian Nature of Supreme Court Decisions." The Journal of Legal Studies.

Badas, Alex. 2022. "Motivated Reasoning and Attitudes Towards Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings: Evidence from Five Nominations and an Experiment.Political Research Quarterly.

Badas, Alex and Katelyn E. Stauffer. 2022. "Descriptive Representation, Judicial Nominations, and Perceptions of Presidential Accomplishment." Representation

Badas, Alex and Katelyn E. Stauffer. Accepted. "Gender and Ambition among Potential Law Clerks." Journal of Law and Courts

  • Received an honorable mention for the Best Conference Paper Award from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association.

Badas, Alex and Elizabeth N. Simas. 2022. "The Supreme Court as an Electoral Issue: Evidence from Three Studies." Political Science Research and Methods. 10(1) 49-67.

  • Received the Best Journal Article Award from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association.

Badas, Alex. 2021. "The Chief Justice and Judicial Legitimacy: Evidence from the Influence of Public Opinion." Justice System Journal. 42(2) 150-163. 

Badas, Alex. 2020. "Elevation Potential Among Circuit Court Nominees and Its Effect on the Senate's Confirmation Behavior." Political Research Quarterly 73(1) 96-110. 

Badas, Alex. 2019. "Policy Disagreement and Judicial Legitimacy: Evidence from the 1937 Court Packing Plan.The Journal of Legal Studies 42(2) 377-408.

Badas, Alex. 2019. "The Applied Legitimacy Index: A New Approach to Measuring Judicial Legitimacy.Social Science Quarterly 100(5) 1848-1861.

Badas, Alex and Katelyn E. Stauffer. 2019. "Voting for Women in Nonpartisan and Partisan Elections.Electoral Studies 57 245-255.  

Badas, Alex and Katelyn E. Stauffer. 2019. "
Michelle Obama as a Political Symbol: Race, Gender and Public Opinion towards the First Lady.Politics & Gender 15(3) 431-459.

Badas, Alex and Katelyn E. Stauffer. 2018. "Someone Like Me: Descriptive Representation and Support for Supreme Court Nominees.Political Research Quarterly 71(4) 127–142. 

​Badas, Alex. 2016. "The Public's Motivated Response to Supreme Court Decision-Making.Justice System Journal 37(4) 318-330.