My name is Calvin TerBeek. I decided to start this blog when I could not find a blog geared toward judicial politics. There are certainly many legal blogs by legal academics and The Monkey Cage is required reading for anyone interested in politics, but I wanted to create a blog that looked at judicial politics from a political science perspective. I think that requires taking a long view — that is, longer pieces about larger issues rather than reaction posts to (say) the latest Supreme Court decision. My C.V. is below.


University of Chicago

Ph.D. Student in Political Science

Fields: American Politics and Comparative Politics

Tulane University School of Law


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

B.A., Political Science (magna cum laude, Honors College, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Sigma Alpha)



Book Chapter

Eric Oliver and Thomas Wood with Calvin TerBeek. “Chapter 9 – Divided By Magic,” in Enchanted America: Emotion, Metaphor, and Magical Thinking in US Public Opinion, (forthcoming University of Chicago Press)


TerBeek, Calvin. 2015. “Originalism’s Obituary,” Univ. of Utah Law Review (Online)

TerBeek, Calvin. 2015. “Dog Whistling, the Color-Blind Jurisprudential Regime and the Constitutional Politics of Race,” Constitutional Commentary (faculty-edited) 30(1): 167-193 

TerBeek, Calvin. 2007. “A Call for Precedential Heads: Why the Supreme Court’s Eyewitness Identification Jurisprudence is Anachronistic and Out-of-Step With the Empirical Reality,” Law and Psychology Review 31: 21-52

TerBeek, Calvin. 2006. “Empiricizing the Equal Protection Approach to Abortion,” McGeorge Law Review 38(3): 775-814.

Other Writings:

Guest-Blogger at The Faculty Lounge, May 2017

Book Review: “The Coming of the Nixon Court: The 1972 Term and the Transformation of Constitutional Law,” American Review of Politics (forthcoming)

Book Review: “The Burger Court and the Rise of Judicial Right,” Law and Politics Book Review, 2016, 26(7): 129-131

The Puzzle of President Obama and the Reconstructive Presidency,” Balkinization Jan. 5, 2016

Book Review: “Politics by Other Means,” The New Rambler Review, May 27, 2015

The Cognitive Dissonance of the New Originalism” 2008 (unpublished manuscript) 

“Texas Should Keep the Top 10% Admissions Rule,” Austin American-Statesman Feb. 12, 2008

“Unify the State’s High Courts,” Austin American-Statesman May 9, 2007


Academic and Volunteer Activities:

Teaching Assistant, “Introduction to Constitutional Law,” Gerald N. Rosenberg (Winter 2017)

Research Assistant to J. Eric Oliver (Summer 2016 and Summer 2017)

Research Assistant to Ruth Bloch Rubin (Summer 2016)

Community Service: The Innocence Project (New Orleans, Louisiana); honored by Tulane University School of Law for over 270 volunteer hours at the Innocence Project



T. Wade Welch & Associates, Houston, TX

Perkins Coie LLP, Portland, OR

Hon. Andrew W. Austin, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin, TX, Law clerk

Hon. Sam Nuchia, First Court of Appeals for the State of Texas, Houston, TX, Law Clerk


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