Rice Featured at Final 2016-17 SPP Colloquium

Doug Rice, assistant professor of legal studies, will speak on Monday, May 1, 2017, as part of the annual faculty colloquium sponsored by the School of Public Policy (SPP). Rice’s talk, “The Evolution of the Supreme Court as a Policymaker,” will take place from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Thompson 620.

Professor Rice’s talk will address the changing role of the U.S. Supreme Court in shaping national policy. Coming out of a divisive and highly politicized nomination process, Rice will address the historically unique role of the modern Court in the policy process. Shaped by congressional interventions in the Court as an institution -- including numerous reorganizations of the federal judiciary as well as changes in the Court's jurisdiction -- the very types of cases likely to reach the Court have shifted markedly, and shaped the Court's inputs on public policy.  

Rice is broadly interested in the study of courts and public policy, the separation of powers, judicial behavior, agenda-setting, and political methodology. Rice’s doctoral work was partially supported by a dissertation research improvement grant from the National Science Foundation, and he was twice the recipient of a Best Graduate Student Paper Award from the American Political Science Association’s Law and Courts Section. Since arriving at UMass in 2016, he’s taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in legal studies, including Law and Public Policy. Rice received his Ph.D. in political science from Penn State and a master’s degree from Villanova University.   

Charlie Schweik, SPP’s interim director, will introduce Rice at the talk.

This is the final talk in SPP’s 2016-17 colloquium series. SPP’s colloquia are generally held monthly each semester and feature UMass faculty discussing ongoing research that has significant policy implications. The colloquium’s theme this year was “Broadening the SPP Network at UMass.”

All talks in the SPP Faculty Colloquium are free and open to the public. Brownbag lunches are welcome. For additional information, go to www.masspolicy.org or contact Charlie Schweik (cschweik@pubpol.umass.edu) or Susan Newton (snewton@pubpol.umass.edu).