Department of Political Science
2115 G St. NW, Monroe Hall 440
Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-6290
Fax: (202) 994-1974

Paul Wahlbeck

Paul J. Wahlbeck

Title — Professor of Political Science

Office — Monroe 477

Office Hours — Tuesdays 11:00am-12:30pm

Phone — (202) 994-4872

E-mail —

Areas of Expertise —

American politics; judicial politics; Supreme Court decision making; strategic behavior; institutional development; quantitative empirical methods; positive political theory.


Ph.D., Washington University, 1993; J.D., University of Illinois, 1986


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Professor Wahlbeck's research and teaching focus on judicial politics and research methods. He has conducted research on legal change, oral argument before the Supreme Court, strategic interaction among justices, and institutional development.  He served as Director of the Law and Social Science Program at the National Science Foundation from 2001-2003 and Director of the Political Science Program at NSF in 2006.


Professor Wahlbeck is co-author of Crafting Law on the Supreme Court: The Collegial Game (Cambridge University Press, 2000). His work has appeared in many journals, including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and Political Research Quarterly.