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PhD  Stony Brook University
MA  Stony Brook University
BA  University of California, Davis


Maxwell Mak, an Associate Professor of Political Science, received his BA from the University of California, Davis and a PhD from Stony Brook University. His research and teaching interests include judicial decision-making at the U.S. Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court. He has also done work on presidential and congressional elections, voting behavior, and judicial confirmations.

Scholarly Work

Basinger, Scott J., and Maxwell Mak. 2020. “The ‘New Normal’ in Supreme Court Confirmations: Hyper-Partisanship in the Trump Era” Congress and the Presidency, DOI: 10.1080/07343469.2020.1733708.

Mak, Maxwell and Andrew H. Sidman. 2020. “Separate Opinion Writing under Mandatory Appellate Jurisdiction: Three-Judge District Court Panels and the Voting Rights Act” Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 17 (1): 116-138.

Mak, Maxwell, and Jennifer G. Rutledge. 2019. “The Diffusion of Collaborative Justice: The Politics of Learning in the Development of Drug Courts.” Justice System Journal 40 (3): 238-258.

Basinger, Scott J., and Maxwell Mak. 2016. “Forecasting the Senate vote on the Supreme Court vacancy.” Research & Politics July 2016: 1-8.

Johnston, Christopher D., Maxwell Mak, and Andrew H. Sidman. 2016. “On the Measurement of Judicial Ideology,” Justice System Journal 37: 169-188.

Mak, Maxwell, Andrew H. Sidman, and Udi Sommer. 2013. “Is Certiorari Contingent on Litigant Behavior? Petitioners’ Role in Strategic Auditing.” Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 10: 54-75.

Basinger, Scott J., and Maxwell Mak. 2012. “The Changing Politics of Supreme Court Confirmations.” American Politics Research 40: 737-763.

Basinger, Scott J., and Maxwell Mak. 2010. “Advice or Contempt? The Changing Politics of Federal Judicial Nominations.” Congress and the Presidency 37: 157-175.

Segal, Jeffrey A., and Maxwell H.H. Mak. 2009. “Out of the Sample and One Step Ahead: Forecasting Supreme Court Confirmation Votes.” Justice System Journal 30: 123-138.