Alyx D. Mark

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Political Science


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Alyx Mark is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at North Central College in Naperville, IL where she teaches courses on public law and American politics, and Visiting Scholar at the American Bar Foundation.  She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from The George Washington University in 2015 and her B.A. in Political Science and Environmental Studies in 2008 from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.  Dr. Mark's research focuses on the American civil legal system, the ways in which individuals interact with legal institutions, and the relationship between the federal courts and Congress. Her current research, which examines the civic and political effects of interacting with legal services offices, has received the support of the National Science Foundation and the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. Her work appears in, or is forthcoming at, the Denver University Law Review, Hastings Law Review, Law and Society Review, Law and Social Inquiry, Legislative Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Law and Courts, and Tulane Law Review.

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Selected Scholarship

Selected Recent and Forthcoming Articles:

Forthcoming. “Blurring Institutional Boundaries: Judges’ Perceptions of Threats to Judicial Independence.” with Michael Zilis. Journal of Law and Courts.

2018.  “Restraining the Court: Assessing Accounts of Congressional Attempts to Limit Supreme Court Authority.” with Michael Zilis.  Legislative Studies Quarterly. 43 (1), 141-169.

2018. “Measuring Clinics.” with Colleen Shanahan, Anna Carpenter, and Jeff Selbin. Tulane Law Review. 

2017. “Trial and Error: Lawyers and Nonlawyer Advocates.” with Colleen Shanahan and Anna Carpenter.  Law and Social Inquiry. 42(4): 1023-1057.

2016. "Lawyers, Power, And Strategic Expertise" with Anna Carpenter (Tulsa Law)  and Colleen Shanahan (Georgetown Law) Denver Law Review. 93(2): 469-521.
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2016. "Can a Little Representation Be a Dangerous Thing?" with Colleen Shanahan and Anna Carpenter. Hastings Law Review. 67: 1367-1388. 

2015. “Legal Elites And Public Perceptions Of The Supreme Court: Is The Supreme Court A ‘Political’ Institution?” with Brandon Bartels and Chris Johnston. Law and Society Review 49(3): 761-794. 

2014.  "Stepping On Congress: Courts, Congress, And Inter-Institutional Politics" with Forrest Maltzman, Charles Shipan, and Michael Zilis. Journal of Law and Courts 2(2): 219-240.

Selected Other Writing:

2016. “Review of The Trouble with Lawyers by Deborah L. Rhode.”  Law and Politics Book Review.

2016.  “Is it a problem that judges no longer have experience working in Congress?” Monkey Cage Blog, The Washington Post.  February 10.