JB Duck-Mayr

Political Science PhD Stduent

Research Interests

American Political Institutions,   Judicial Politics,   Formal Theory,   Quantitative Methodology


(In Progress) Ph.D., Political Science   Washington University in St. Louis
    (Committee: James F. Spriggs, II (Chair), Lee Epstein, Randall Calvert)

May 2015 J.D.   Baylor University School of Law
    (Magna Cum Laude, Class Rank: Top 5%)

December 2011 B.A., Political Science   Baylor University
    (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa)

Working Papers

“Crafting Coherent Legal Rules”

“Judicial Independence and Political Competition: A Demand-Side Explanation”
    (with David Carlson and Joshua Boston)

“Attention to Precedent in the Judicial Hierarchy”
    (with Thomas G. Hansford and James F. Spriggs, II)

“Ends Against the Middle: Scaling Votes when Ideological Opposites Behave the Same for Antithetical Reasons”
    (with Jacob Montgomery)


2018 Antoinette Dames Prize   (Washington University in St. Louis)
    Awarded for the best paper in a graduate level course, for “A Sufficient Condition for Coherent Legal Doctrine.”

2015-16 University Fellowship   (Washington University in St. Louis)

2015 Funderburk Evidence Award   (Baylor Law School)
    Awarded for the best work in Evidence, funded by Funderburk & Funderburk.

2015 Performance Scholarship   (Baylor Law School)

2014 Baylor Law Review Association Award   (Baylor Law School)
    Awarded to Baylor Law Review members selected with the faculty advisor.

2013 William J. Boswell Memorial Award   (Baylor Law School)
    Awarded for the best work in Torts, given in memory of Dean Emeritus William J. Boswell by R. Jack Ayres, Jr.

2012-15 Dean’s Academic Excellence Scholarship   (Baylor Law School)

2011 Outstanding Political Science Student   (Baylor University)

Technical skills