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 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 areas of expertise include the Supreme Court, Federalism, the Separation of Powers, the Unitary Executive Theory, Executive Power, Constitutional Theory, the Conservative Legal Movement (Federalist Society, Christian Lawyers, Tea Party), and State and Federal Contraceptive Mandates. Her first book Ideas with Consequences: The Federalist Society and the Conservative Counterrevolution (Oxford: 2015) will be in print Jan 2015.
She has also published several articles on the conservative legal movement and, more recently, the Christian lawyering movement. Her works in-progress include an analysis of the litigating behavior of select New Christian Right Public Interest Law Firms (“Organizational Maintenance, Coalition-Building, or Something Else? Why New Christian Right Public Interest Law Firms Engage in Secular Litigation”) and a book project (Culture Warrior, Esquire) examining the rise and influence of New Christian Right Law Schools (with Josh C Wilson, University of Denver).
Professor Hollis-Brusky has written and spoken about the Supreme Court in various media outlets, including the Life of The Law, the Monkey Cage Blog at The Washington Post, and California Edition with Brad Pomerance. In 2014, she was one of eight recipients of the Wig Distinguished Teaching Award at Pomona College.