Political Science News
Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Banks on his new Judicial Process textbook!Posted Feb. 8, 2015
Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Banks, Constitutional Scholar and Professor, on his textbook The Judicial Process: Law Courts, and Judicial Politics, published recently by Sage/CQ Press. His book is an all-new, concise yet comprehensive core text that introduces students to the nature and significance of the judicial process in the United States and across the globe.
Dr. Banks was recently interviewed by WKSU/NPR, for “All Things Considered” radio broadcast and online article, "Summit County Judge Reverses Recusal Stemming from Bailiff's Conflict." He was also interviewed by media outlets on a letter sent by Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic to U.S. District Judge John Adams.
Dr. Banks combines his research and teaching interests by studying the political behavior of the judiciary, constitutional law, the courts, and civil rights and liberties. He has published books and articles relating to judicial policy-making, federalism, the legal and criminal process, American politics, terrorism, Bush v. Gore (2000), the politics of court reform, and the judicial politics of the D.C. Circuit. His recently released book “The U.S. Supreme Court and New Federalism From the Rehnquist to the Roberts Court”, investigates the Supreme Court's decisions on federalism under Rehnquist and Roberts, which have implications for policies on health care, education, and much more.
On campus Dr. Banks teaches graduate courses in American politics and law, justice, and society. His undergraduate instruction includes teaching courses on the Supreme Court, constitutional law, civil rights and liberties, the judicial process, and American politics. Before receiving his doctorate, he practiced law in civil and criminal litigation. In addition to practicing law and campaigning for state representative in Connecticut in 1988, he received a gubernatorial appointment to serve as an administrative hearing officer for the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities before earning his doctorate in American government at the University of Virginia.