Judicial Nominations and Policy Outcomes

Price Governance Salon featuring Tonja Jacobi, Northwestern University

Tonja Jacobi, Northwestern University

Jacobi’s research focuses on judicial politics and behavior, federal courts, American governmental institutions and constitutional law, particularly constitutional criminal procedure. The driving question in her research is: how do judges respond to institutional constraints? This includes vertical constraints, such as the possibility of review by a higher court; horizontal constraints, such as how to craft a broad coalition on a multi-judge panel; as well as judicial role constraints, such as how can judges address an issue they are interested in if the parties have not argued that question before the court. She combines doctrinal, empirical and formal analysis to predict and analyze strategic judicial behavior in response to such constraints.