Charles Ostrom

Charles W. Ostrom Jr.
  • Professor Emeritus
  • American Politics, Research Methods
  • Department of Political Science
  • 319 S. Kedzie Hall
  • 368 Farm Hall
  • East Lansing MI 48823
  • 517-353-3287


Charles Ostrom


Charles W. Ostrom, Jr. retired January 2021 from Professor of Political Science. Professor Ostrom joined the MSU faculty in 1974 and taught in the Political Science Department continuously with the exception of sabbaticals at the University of Minnesota (1982-83), University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1992-93), and National Center for State Courts (2000-2001). Professor Ostrom received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1975.

Professor Ostrom’s current professional interests are focused on US trial courts. His work includes work on criminal sentencing, racial discrimination, trial court culture, judicial workload, and court performance. The aforementioned work has been funded by the National Institute of Justice.

Professor Ostrom received the American Council on Education Fellowship for the 1992-93 class.


  • Ostrom, Charles W., Jr., Brian Ostrom, Roger Hanson, Matthew Kleiman. 2005. “Court Cultures and Their Consequences.” Court Manager, 20: 14-23.
  • Ostrom, Charles W., Jr., Brian Ostrom, Roger Hanson, and Matthew Kleiman. 2007. Trial Courts as Organizations. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.