Dr. Banks teaches graduate courses in American politics, terrorism and human rights, and law, justice, and society. His undergraduate instruction includes teaching courses on the Supreme Court, constitutional law, civil rights and liberties, the judicial process, American political theory, and American politics.
Dr. Banks combines his research and teaching interests by studying the political behavior of the judiciary, constitutional law, the courts, and civil rights and liberties. He has published books and articles relating to judicial policy-making, federalism, the legal and criminal process, American politics, terrorism, Bush v. Gore (2000), the politics of court reform, and the judicial politics of the D.C. Circuit. On campus Dr. Banks teaches graduate courses in American politics and law, justice, and society. His undergraduate instruction includes teaching courses on the Supreme Court, constitutional law, civil rights and liberties, the judicial process, and American politics. Before receiving his doctorate, he practiced law in civil and criminal litigation. In addition to practicing law and campaigning for state representative in Connecticut in 1988, he received a gubernatorial appointment to serve as an administrative hearing officer for the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities before earning his doctorate in American government at the University of Virginia.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
- “The Impact of the Threat of Terrorism on U.S District Court Decisions During Wartime,” Terrorism and Political Violence; in press, with Steven Tauber.
- 2015. The Judicial Process: Law, Courts and Judicial Politics (Thousand Oaks, CA.: CQ Press), with David M. O’Brien.
- 2015. “An Empirical Analysis of US State Court Citation Practices of International Human Social Rights Treaties,” International Journal of Human Rights 19(1): 1-15, with Joel R. Carbonell.
- 2014. U.S. District Court Decision-Making in USA Patriot Act Cases after September 11. Justice System Journal, with Steven Tauber. 35(2): 139-161
- 2013. International Human Education Rights Commitments in U.S. Courts, International Journal of Human Rights, with Joel R. Carbonell. 17(3): 391-410 (2013)
- 2013. Fleur Johns, Non-Legality in International Law: Unruly Law (New York: Cambridge University Press. In The Law and Politics Book Review 23 (No. 10, October): 543-549.
- 2012. The U.S. Supreme Court and New Federalism: From the Rehnquist to Roberts Court (Lanham: Roman & Littlefield), with John C. Blakeman.
- 2012. Book Review of Rebecca Lover Kourlis and Dirk Olin, Rebuilding Justice: Civil Courts in Jeopardy and Why You Should Care (Golden, CO.: Fulcrum, 2012). In The Law and Politics Book Review 22:6 (2012): 279-286.
- 2012. Book Review of Scott J. Shapiro, Legality (Cambridge, MA.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University, 2011). In The Law and Politics Book Review 22:2 (2012): 80-84.
- 2010-11. “Security & Freedom after September 11: The Institutional Limits & Ethical Costs of Terrorism Prosecutions,” Public Integrity: A Journal of the American Society for Public Administration 13 (No. 1, Winter): 5-24; DOI 10.2753/PIN1099-9922130101
- 2010. Book Review of Vera Bergelson, Victims’ Rights and Victims’ Wrongs: Comparative Liability in Criminal Law (Stanford, CA.: Stanford University Press). In The Law and Politics Book Review 28 (No. 11, November): 632-634.
- 2009. National Security Letters and Diminishing Privacy Rights. In The Impact of 9/11 and the New Legal Landscape: The Day that Changed Everything. ed. Matthew J. Morgan, 91-102. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
- 2008. Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Alito, and New Federalism Jurisprudence, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, with John C. Blakeman. 38 (No. 3, Summer): 576-600; doi:10.1093/publius/pjn011.
- 2008. Courts and Judicial Policymaking (Englewood: Prentice Hall), with David M. O'Brien.