Robert M. Howard is a Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Howard received his bachelor’s degree from Union College in Schenectady, New York, earned a law degree from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts, and a Masters and a Ph.D. in American Politics and Public Law from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
His main research interests are the impact of courts and litigation on social and public policy, judicial decision making by the Federal Courts and Georgia Politics. He is the author or co-author of five books, including Judging Law and Policy: Courts and Policymaking in the American Political System, Politics in Georgia, Getting a Poor Return: Courts, Justice and Taxes, and is the co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Judicial Behavior.
In addition, he has published articles in leading political science and law journals such as Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly and Law and Society Review on topics such as Courts and Public Policy, Courts and Bureaucratic Impact, Lawyer Regulation, Supreme Court decision-making, and the Supreme Court and public opinion. Dr. Howard was a former editor of the Justice System Journal, was a former program chair for Law and Courts of the American Political Science Association Annual Conference, and is currently the Executive Director of the Southern Political Science Association and the Editor of the Routledge book series, Law, Courts and Politics.
“Judicial Independence: Evidence From a Natural Experiment” (with Pamela Corley and Scott Graves) Law and Policy 38(1): 68-90 (2014)
“Specialization in Judicial Decision Making: Comparing Bankruptcy Panels and Federal District Court Judges.” American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review 22(2): 407 – 429 (2014) (with Shenita Brazelton)
Politics in Georgia, (with Arnold Fleishmann and Richard Engstrom) University of Georgia Press: Athens, GA (forthcoming 2015)
Georgia's Constitution and Government, 9th ed., GA (with Arnold Fleischmann and Richard Engstrom) University of Georgia Press, Athens, (December 2013)