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 at Pomona College. Professor Hollis-Brusky 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. Her first book Ideas with Consequences: The Federalist Society and the Conservative Counterrevolution is forthcoming with Oxford University Press and will be in print Jan 2015.
Most recently, she has published 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” Law and Social Inquiry 39(2) (2014). Her works in-progress include an analysis of select New Christian Right Public Interest Law Firms (with Josh C Wilson, University of Denver) and a book length project examining the relationship between gun rights/regulation and religious institutions.