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Jason Douglas Todd CV

Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke Kunshan University
DKU Faculty CV


I am an Assistant Professor at Duke Kunshan University, where I teach political science and public policy. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University in 2020.

My research spans the fields of American and comparative politics to examine how political institutions shape the law, whether that be through the legislators who make it or the judges who interpret it. This work considers a broad array of topics, including legal citation networks, polarization in judicial opinions, judicial confirmations, congressional and state legislative committees, and responsiveness in authoritarian legislatures. I am also engaged in a book project concerning the U.S. Supreme Court and its role atop the federal judicial hierarchy, which I approach through the lens of the Court’s case selection process. Throughout this work, I employ a broad array of methodological approaches, including text-as-data, networks, simulation studies, field experiments, and archival work.

Office Hours

Drop by Monday (09:10-10:10 Beijing time) or Thursday (10:00-11:00), or email me to make an appointment or obtain a Zoom link.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke Kunshan University · 2020 - Present DKU Faculty
Assistant Professor of the Practice of DKU Studies at Duke University · 2023 - Present DKU Studies

Education, Training & Certifications

Duke University · 2020 Ph.D.