Christopher Krewson is interested in American political institutions, judicial behavior, and public opinion. His research, which centers primarily on the United States Supreme Court, employs experiments, surveys, textual analysis, and observational data to understand public perceptions of judicial nominees, judicial decision-making, off-the-bench speech, and the strategic crafting of legal doctrine. His research demonstrates how justices on the Court both maintain institutional legitimacy and achieve their legal policy goals.
Krewson earned his BA in American Studies from Brigham Young University, and his MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before graduate school, he worked in the Research Division of the Federal Judicial Center. He is currently a member of the American Political Science Association, Southern Political Science Association, and the Midwest Political Science Association.
Krewson has published his work (or it is forthcoming) in Political Research Quarterly, Justice System Journal, and edited volumes published by Routledge and Lexington Press. He has taught courses on the politics of the Supreme Court, research methods, and law and society. He is a former managing editor of Constitutional Studies, a journal publishing work on the theory and practice of constitutional government.
“Save this Honorable Court: Shaping Public Perceptions of the Supreme Court off the Bench.” Political Research Quarterly 72, no. 3 (2019): 686-99.
Co-authored with David Lassen and Ryan J. Owens. “Twitter and the Supreme Court: An Examination of Congressional Tweets about the Supreme Court.” Justice System Journal 39, no. 4 (2018): 322-30.
Co-authored with Jack Edelson, et al. “The Effect of Conspiratorial Thinking and Motivated Reasoning on Belief in Election Fraud.” Political Research Quarterly 70, no. 4 (2017): 933-46.
Co-authored with Ryan J. Owens. “The Concurring Behavior of Justice Scalia.” In The Conservative Revolution of Antonin Scalia, edited by David A. Schultz and Howard Schweber. Lexington Press, 2018.
Co-authored with Ryan J. Owens. “Historical Development of Supreme Court Research.” In The Routledge Handbook of Judicial Behavior, edited by Robert Howard and Kirk Randazzo. Routledge, 2017.
Review of The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption, by Richard L. Hasen. Law and Politics Book Review (2019).
Review of Perceptions of a Polarized Court: How Division among Justices Shapes the Supreme Court’s Public Image, by Michael F. Salamone. Political Science Quarterly (forthcoming).
The Supreme Court as a Political Institution
Understanding Political Numbers
Law, Politics, and Society