The Department of Government
The Department of Government

Prof. H.W. Perry, Jr. Honored at American Political Science Association Convention

Mon, September 10, 2007

The award citation reads in part:

"Perry pushed the boundaries of qualitative research on the Supreme Court, using interviews with clerks and sitting justices; the use of interviews with clerks has been more widely adopted since, but his data remain an impressive accomplishment. Perry skillfully blended in his analysis both strategic/ideological factors for granting certiorari with legal/ institutional factors, in ways that anticipated more recent developments in thinking about the Court. Still widely read and taught, his book generated, new propositions for testing and remains a touchstone citation for discussions of this central area of Supreme Court decision making."

Perry is a native Texan, a graduate of Southern Methodist University and the University of Michigan. He taught at Harvard University and Washington University, St. Louis before coming to the University.

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