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About the Author
Jeffrey A. Segal is SUNY Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at Stony Brook University. He is coauthor of eight books, including Advice and Consent: The Politics of Judicial Appointments (2005), with Lee Epstein; The Supreme Court and the Attitudinal Model Revisited, with Harold J. Spaeth (2002), the original edition of which won the 2005 Wadsworth Award for a book that has made a lasting influence on the field of law and courts; and Majority Rule or Minority Will: Adherenceto Precedent on the U.S. Supreme Court (1999), also with Harold J. Spaeth, which won the C. Herman Pritchett Award for best book on law and courts. He was a 2011–2012 Guggenheim Foundation grant winner and spent that year as a senior research fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University.
Harold J. Spaeth is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University, and Research Professor at the University’s College of Law and in the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. He is the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Law and Courts section of the American Political Science Association. He is the author or coauthor of The Supreme Court and the Attitudinal Model Revisited (2002), with Jeffrey A. Segal, the original edition of which won the Wadsworth Award; Majority Rule or Minority Will (1999), also with Jeffrey A. Segal, which won the C. Herman Pritchett Award; Stare Indecisis: Alteration of Precedent on the Supreme Court (1995), with Saul Brenner; Supreme Court Policy Making: Explanation and Prediction (1979); and Supreme Court Decision Making (1976), with David Rohde. He is also the creator and compiler of a series of National Science Foundation–supported U.S. Supreme Court databases.
Thomas G. Walker is the Goodrich C. White Professor of Political Science at Emory University, where he teaches courses in constitutional law and the judicial process. He is the coauthor of A Court Divided (1988), with Deborah Barrow, which won the V. O. Key, Jr. Award for the best book on southern politics, and the Constitutional Law for a Changing America series, with Lee Epstein. He is also author of Eligible for Execution: The Story of the Daryl Atkins Case (2009).