Shane A. Gleason

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Idaho State University

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I am an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Idaho State University. My work focuses on how legal actors, primarily attorneys and judges at the state and federal levels, behave and interact with each other. In particular, I examine how attorneys' backgrounds and affiliations shape their success in the institutional context of the Supreme Court with innovative methodological approaches such as social network analysis and quantitative textual analysis. I do this in two primary domains. First, I utilize psychological explanations to focus on how gender shapes success across a number of modes at the Court, including party briefs and oral arguments. Second, I examine how attorneys' affiliations with state governments shapes their behavior and success as amici curiae.

In addition, I have a rich collaborative research agenda with scholars from a variety of institutions that focuses on citations between state supreme courts. I enjoy this collaborative work because it prompts a dynamic exchange of ideas and opens new areas of scholarship to me.

Additionally, I immensely value teaching and often draw upon my research interests in the classroom. This approach has paid dividends. I won the 2016-2017 Advisor of the Year award from the student government and now count a number of my students among my coauthors and research partners.

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