Professor Hollis-Brusky teaches courses on American Politics, Constitutional Law & Theory, and Legal Institutions at Pomona College. She is also one of the Co-Founders of the Southern California Law and Social Science (SoCLASS) Forum (www.soclass.org). Her research focuses on the political construction and diffusion of legal and constitutional ideas; the dynamics of constitutional change (and the role “support structures” play in that process); and how networks of elites shape the development and articulation of law and legal policy. Her areas of expertise include the Supreme Court, Federalism, the Separation of Powers, the Unitary Executive Theory, Constitutional Theory, the Conservative Legal Movement (Federalist Society, Christian Lawyers, Tea Party), and State and Federal Contraceptive Mandates.
Most recently, she has written articles on the Conservative Legal Movement (“It’s the Network: The Federalist Society as a Supplier of Intellectual Capital for the Supreme Court.” Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Vol 61 (2013); “Support Structures and Constitutional Change,” Law and Social Inquiry 36 (2) (2011)); “Helping Ideas Have Consequences,” Denver University Law Review 89(1) (2012)), and the Christian Lawyering Movement (“Lawyers for God & Neighbor: the Emergence of ‘Law as a Calling’ as a Mobilizing Frame for Christian Lawyers” Forthcoming in Law and Social Inquiry). Her articles in-progress include an analysis of select New Christian Right Public Interest Law Firms (with Josh C Wilson, University of Denver) and a quantitative examination of Federalist Society network idea diffusion on lower federal court opinions (with Michael Salamone, Washington State University).
Her book (Ideas with Consequences: The Federalist Society and the Conservative Counterrevolution) is under contract with Oxford University Press and should be in print late-fall 2014.