Melinda Gann Hall
Melinda Gann Hall is Professor of Political Science and Faculty Affiliate with the College of Law at Michigan State University. She also is among the select group of faculty at MSU who have received the Distinguished Faculty Award and is the recipient of the 2016 Career Achievement Award from the State Politics and Policy Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) for significant lifetime contributions to the study of the American states. 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 state supreme courts 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 & 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 Judicial Elections, which has been cited extensively since publication in mid-2009. Professor Hall’s latest book, Attacking Judges: How Campaign Advertising Influences State Supreme Court Elections, won the 2015 C. Herman Pritchett Award for best book from the Law and Courts Section of the APSA.
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, with financial support from the National Science Foundation. The Data Project is the first publicly accessible electronic database containing vital information about the cases decided by the highest courts of all fifty states.
Professor Hall has received numerous awards for research, teaching, and service. In addition to the Career Achievement Award (for lifetime achievement) and C. Herman Pritchett Award (for best book), she has received the American Judicature Society Award (for best conference paper) and the McGraw-Hill Award (for best article) from the Law and Courts Section of the APSA, and the State Politics & Policy Quarterly Award (for best conference paper) from the State Politics and Policy Section (twice). Among other awards, 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” by the Associated Students of Colorado State University. She is serving, or has served, on numerous editorial boards, including the American Journal of Political Science, American Politics Research, Journal of Politics, Justice System Journal, Political Behavior, Political Research Quarterly, and State Politics & Policy Quarterly (as a founding member), and on a variety of committees and executive councils of professional associations. In top executive positions, Professor Hall has served as Vice President of the Midwest Political Science Association, Vice President of the Southwestern Political Science Association, President of the State Politics and Policy Section of the APSA, and Chair of the Law and Courts Section of the APSA.
At MSU, Professor Hall has received numerous citations for meritorious teaching, has frequently been elected to serve on the Department Advisory Committee, is an active mentor of students and faculty, and was elected to chair the University Committee on Faculty Tenure. After serving as Director of Graduate Studies from 2012 through 2014, she was commended by the Chair (Charles W. Ostrom) for doing “a better job as Ph.D. Director than anyone in [his] 40 years in the Department.” Most recently, Professor Hall proposed, designed, and now coordinates a prelaw mentoring program between undergraduates in the College of Social Science and law students in the College of Law, where she served as Scholar in Residence in 2015-16.
Professor Hall offers graduate courses in judicial politics and state politics. She teaches undergraduate courses in constitutional law, moot court, and British culture and politics. In 2016-17, Professor hold will hold a Fulbright Distinguished Chair (the Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professorship) in the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh.
Melinda Gann Hall receives the C. Herman Pritchett Award for Best Book
Melinda Gann Hall recently received the coveted C. Herman Pritchett Award from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association for her latest book Attacking Judges: How Campaign Advertising Influences State Supreme Court Elections. The formal presentation was made at the 2015 Meeting of the American Political Science Association in San Francisco in September. Attacking Judges was published by Stanford University Press.
Selected Recent Publications
- Bonneau, Chris W. and Melinda Gann Hall. 2016. Judicial Elections in the 21st New York: Routledge.
- Hall, Melinda Gann. 2016. “Partisanship, Interest Groups, and Attack Advertising in the Post-White Era, Or Why Nonpartisan Judicial Elections Really Do Stink.” Journal of Law & Politics 31 (Spring): 429-456.
- Hall, Melinda Gann. 2015. Attacking Judges: How Campaign Advertising Influences State Supreme Court Elections. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
- Hall, Melinda Gann. 2014. “Representation in State Supreme Courts: Evidence from the Terminal Term.” Political Research Quarterly 67 (June): 335-346.
- Hall, Melinda Gann. 2014. “Televised Attacks and the Incumbency Advantage in State Supreme Courts.” Journal of Law, Economics & Organization 30 (March): 138-164.
- 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 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 (July): 457-470.
- Hall, Melinda Gann. 2007. “Voting in State Supreme Court Elections: Competition and Context as Democratic Incentives.” Journal of Politics 69 (November): 1147-1159.
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