Doctoral Student Profile


Christopher B. Brough

Public Law and Courts, American Government, Political Theory

Contact Information

Christopher B. Brough
Northern Illinois University
1425 W. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115

Curriculum Vitae


M.A., Political Science, Northern Illinois University, 2014

B.A., Political Science, University of Dayton, 2012

Expected Ph.D. Completion: Spring 2018

Overview of Scholarly Activity

My research interests include public law and courts, Congress, and political behavior. My previous research and conference papers have analyzed the role of self-presentation on judicial decision-making, the connection between congressional and judicial coalitions when invalidating federal legislation, and the behavior of dissenting justices on the Supreme Court. My current research focuses on judicial independence in separation of powers cases before the Supreme Court. Further, how constitutional deliberation in Congress impacts these separation of powers decisions, and the impact the Court's decisions have on deliberation in Congress.

Teaching Experience

American Government & Politics - Northern Illinois University
Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015

Politics of the Supreme Court (Online) - University of Dayton
Summer 2014, Summer 2015

Conference Presentations

Brough, Christopher B. “Mr. Synar Goes to Court: Members of Congress Before the Supreme Court.” Paper presentation at the American Political Science Association 111th Annual Meeting (APSA) – San Francisco, California, September 2015.

"Capturing the Majority: The Nature of Dissents in Judicial Review Decisions in the U.S. Supreme Court." paper presentation at the Law and Society Association 50th Annual Meeting - Minneapolis, Minnesota. May 2014.

"The Ax or the Scalpel? Narrow Decisions, Judicial Coalitions and the Supreme Court's Invalidation of Federal Legislation." paper presentation at the Midwest Political Science Association 72nd Annual Conference (MPSA) - Chicago, Illinois. April 2014.

"Judicial Self-Presentation, Audience, and Griswold's Right to Privacy," paper presentation at the Midwest Political Science Association 70th Annual Conference (MPSA) - Chicago, Illinois. April 2012.


Ward, Artemus; Christopher Brough and Robert Arnold. 2015. Historical Dictionary of the U.S. Supreme Court. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. (Forthcoming)

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Department of Political Science
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Phone: 815-753-1011
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