Professor Hollis-Brusky teaches courses on American politics, constitutional law & theory, and legal institutions at Pomona College. In 2014, she was one of eight recipients of the Wig Distinguished Teaching Award. Hollis-Brusky is also a co-founder of the Southern California Law and Social Science Forum. Her research focuses on the dynamics of constitutional change and the role “support structures” play in that process – i..e., networks of lawyers and academics, non-governmental institutions, and ideas.
Her first book Ideas with Consequences: The Federalist Society and the Conservative Counterrevolution (Oxford) was published in January of 2015. It is the winner of the American Political Science Association’s 2016 C. Herman Pritchett Award for the best book published on Law and Courts by a Political Scientist. Her second, in-progress book project on the rise and efficacy of the support structure for conservative Christian legal mobilization (Higher Counsel: Training the Conservative Christian Legal Movement, co-authored with Joshua C. Wilson of University of Denver) is under advanced contract with Oxford University Press. Professor Hollis-Brusky and her co-author Professor Wilson were recently awarded a three-year National Science Foundation grant for this project.
Hollis-Brusky has also published several articles on the conservative legal movement, Originalism, the unitary executive theory and the Christian legal movement. In addition to her current book project described above, her other works in-progress include an in-depth examination of the empirical and theoretical utility of the concept of the “support structure” in studies of legal mobilization and constitutional development (“Support Structure Theory Revisited”) and a comparative examination of “parallel alternative” support structures in legal education (Historically black law schools, Law and Economics, and conservative Christian law schools).
Professor Hollis-Brusky has written and spoken about the Supreme Court in various media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, Life of The Law, The Washington Post, AirTalk with Larry Mantel, and California Edition with Brad Pomerance. In October 2015, she had the privilege of interviewing Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at Pomona College.