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Eve Ringsmuth, Associate Professor of Political Science, Oklahoma State University. I received my PhD in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and my BA from Washington University in St. Louis. My research focuses on a wide range of topics related to law and courts, American political institutions, and civic education. I am especially interested in the process by which federal judges are nominated and confirmed and in investigating the role of oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court. I am also broadly interested in developing strategies for civic education courses that promote student learning and political efficacy. My co-authored book, It's Not Personal: Politics and Policy in Lower Court Confirmation Hearings, examines how senators use lower court confirmation hearings to advocate preferred policies and increase their chance of re-election while also performing one of their core constitutional functions. My research has been published in American Politics Research, International Studies Quarterly, Judicature, Political Behavior, and Political Research Quarterly.

Confidence in the Supreme Court is declining – but there is no easy way to oversee justices and their politics

Recent evidence showing that Virginia Thomas, wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, sent at least 29 text messages to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows urging him to help overturn the 2020 election has reignited a long-simmering debate about judicial ethics and the nation’s highest court. Professor Eve Ringsmuth writes, “As a Supreme Court scholar, I think it is important to recognize that there is no formal code of conduct guiding the work of the Supreme Court, which contributes to a lack of clarity regarding the ethical boundaries for justices.”

Subjects: Civil Liberties, Congress, Ethics, Leadership, Legal Research, United States Law