Patrick C. Wohlfarth is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science in 2010 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2010-2011, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science and Center for Empirical Research in the Law at Washington University in St. Louis. His research and teaching interests include American politics and quantitative methodology with a focus on judicial politics. His current research examines judicial behavior and legal institutions in the United States, including executive branch litigation, the impact of public opinion, and opinion writing.
Dr. Wohlfarth is coauthor of two books: The Conscientious Justice: How Supreme Court Justices' Personalities Influence the Law, the High Court, and the Constitution (Cambridge University Press, 2020); and U.S. Supreme Court Opinions and Their Audiences (Cambridge University Press, 2016). His published research has also appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Law & Society Review, Journal of Law and Courts, American Politics Research, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, Research and Politics, and the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy.
His research has won the 2012 Best Paper by an Emerging Scholar Award from the Midwest Political Science Association and the 2013 Neal Tate Award for Outstanding Paper in Judicial Politics from the Southern Political Science Association. He is also the 2015 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland.
Degree TypePhDDegree DetailsPolitical Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Degree TypeMADegree DetailsPolitical Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Degree TypeBADegree DetailsMusic, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Black, Ryan C., Ryan J. Owens, Justin Wedeking, and Patrick C. Wohlfarth. 2016. U.S. Supreme Court Opinions and Their Audiences. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Black, Ryan C., Ryan J. Owens, Justin Wedeking, and Patrick C. Wohlfarth. 2017. "Supreme Court Opinions and Audiences." Washington University Journal of Law & Policy 54: 169-180.
Owens, Ryan J., Alexander Tahk, Patrick C. Wohlfarth, and Amanda C. Bryan. 2015. "Nominating Commissions, Judicial Retention, and Forward-Looking Behavior on State Supreme Courts: An Empirical Examination of Selection and Retention Methods." State Politics & Policy Quarterly 15(2): 211-238.
Owens, Ryan J. and Patrick C. Wohlfarth. 2014. "State Solicitors General, Appellate Expertise, and State Success Before the United States Supreme Court." Law & Society Review 48(3): 657-685.
Enns, Peter K. and Patrick C. Wohlfarth. 2013. "The Swing Justice." The Journal of Politics 75(4): 1089-1107.
Owens, Ryan J., Justin Wedeking, and Patrick C. Wohlfarth. 2013. "How the Supreme Court Alters Opinion Language to Evade Congressional Review." Journal of Law and Courts 1(1): 35-59.
Casillas, Christopher J., Peter K. Enns, and Patrick C. Wohlfarth. 2011. "How Public Opinion Constrains the U.S. Supreme Court." American Journal of Political Science 55(1): 74-88.
Ura, Joseph Daniel and Patrick C. Wohlfarth. 2010. "'An Appeal to the People': Public Opinion and Congressional Support for the Supreme Court." The Journal of Politics 72(4): 939-956.
Wohlfarth, Patrick C. 2009. "The Tenth Justice? Consequences of Politicization in the Solicitor General's Office." The Journal of Politics 71(1): 224-237.
Chapters In Edited Volumes
Enns, Peter K. and Patrick C. Wohlfarth. 2017. "Making Sense of the Supreme Court-Public Opinion Relationship." In Handbook of Judicial Behavior (pp. 180-195), eds. Robert M. Howard and Kirk Randazzo. New York: Routledge Press.