Melinda Gann Hall

Melinda Gann Hall is Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University.  She also is a member of the select group of faculty at MSU who have received the Distinguished Faculty Award.  Professor Hall received her Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans in 1983 and joined the MSU faculty in 1996.

Professor Hall is a nationally recognized authority on judicial politics and state politics, with particular interests in judicial behavior and judicial elections.  Her research has appeared in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly; Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization; State Politics & Policy Quarterly and a wide variety of other scholarly journals, law reviews, and edited volumes.  She is co-author with Chris W. Bonneau of In Defense of Judical Elections, which uses empirical evidence to challenge the conventional wisdom about judicial elections.  Professor Hall's latest book, Attacking Judges: How Campaign Advertising Influences State Supreme Court Elections, currently is in production with Stanford University Press.

Professor Hall is a leading proponent of, and contributor to, infrastructure development in the study of state courts.  In collaboration with Paul Brace, Professor Hall created the State Supreme Court Data Project, a publicly accessible multi-user database sponsore by the National Science Foundation.  The Data Project contains vital information about the cases decided by the highest courts of all fifty states.  The website housing these data (http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~pbrace/statecourt/) has received over 13,500 "hits" from scholars and practitioners who are using the data to study the politics of state supreme courts and to make important public policy choices.

Professor Hall has received numerous awards for research, teaching, and service.  Among these are the American Judicature Society Award (best paper award) and the McGraw-Hill Award (best article award) from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association, and the State Politics & Policy Award (best paper award) from the State Politics and Policy Section (twice).  She also received the campus-wide Top Five Professors Award from the University of Wisconsin -  Milwaukee and was rated as one of the "top professors" at Colorado State University by the Associated Students of Colorado State University.  At MSU, Professor Hall has received numerous citations for meritorious teaching and was elected to chair the University Committee on Faculty Tenure.  She is serving, or has served, on numerous editorial boards, including the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Political Behavior, and State Politics & Policy Quarterly, and a wide variety of committees and executive councils of professional associations.  Professor Hall has served as Vice President of the Midwest Political Science Association, President of the State Politics and Policy Section of the American Political Science Association, and Chair of the Law and Courts Section.

Professor Hall offers graduate courses in judicial politics and state politics.  She teaches undergraduate courses in constitutional law, moot court, and British politics.

 

Subfields

American Politics

Research Specializations

Political Institutions, State and Local Politics, Elections, Judicial Politics

Recent Publications

Selected Recent Publications

  • Hall, Melinda Gann. 2014. Attacking Judges: How Campaign Advertising Influences State Supreme Court Elections. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press. Forthcoming Fall 2014.
  • Hall, Melinda Gann. 2014. “Representation in State Supreme Courts: Evidence from the Terminal Term.” Political Research Quarterly 67 (June): forthcoming.
  • Hall, Melinda Gann. 2014. “Televised Attacks and the Incumbency Advantage in State Supreme Courts.” Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization 30: forthcoming.
  • Hall, Melinda Gann and Chris W. Bonneau. 2013. “Attack Advertising, the White Decision, and Voter Participation in State Supreme Court Elections.” Political Research Quarterly 66 (March): 115-126.
  • Bonneau, Chris W., Melinda Gann Hall, and Matthew J. Streb. 2011. “White Noise: The Unrealized Effects of Republican Party of Minnesota v. White on Judicial Elections.” Justice System Journal 32 (3): 247-268.
  • Bonneau, Chris W., and Melinda Gann Hall. 2009. In Defense of Judicial Elections. New York: Routledge Press.
  • Hall, Melinda Gann, and Chris W. Bonneau. 2008. "Mobilizing Interest: The Effects of Money on Ballot Roll-Off in State Supreme Court Elections." American Journal of Political Science, 52: 457-470.
  • Hall, Melinda Gann. 2007. "Voting in State Supreme Court Elections: Competition and Context as Democratic Incentives." Journal of Politics, 69: 1147-1159.
  • Hall, Melinda Gann, and Chris W. Bonneau. 2006. "Does Quality Matter? Challengers in State Supreme Court Elections." American Journal of Political Science, 50: 20-33.

State Supreme Court Data Project: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~brace/statecourt

Hall, Melinda Gann
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