Melinda Gann Hall

Melinda Gann Hall
  • Professor
  • American Politics
  • Department of Political Science
  • MSU College of Law
  • 330 S. Kedzie
  • 368 Farm Lane
  • East Lansing MI 48823
  • 517-432-2380


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.


  • 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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