Amanda C. Bryan

Welcome! I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Loyola University Chicago. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2014 where I studied American Politics and quantitative methodology. I was also a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (2012-2014). My research focuses on the U.S. Supreme Court and judicial decision-making.

My primary research focuses on the influence of external constraints on judicial decision-making. Specifically, I am interested how changes in public opinion affect the Court’s policy outputs, justices’ decision to grant certiorari, and their treatment of past Court precedent. I am also interested in the Court and the separation of powers, the agenda-setting process, and how the Court ensures broad or narrow compliance with its decisions on the lower courts.

Amanda C. Bryan

Assistant Professor

Loyola University Chicago

Curriculum Vitae


American Politics

Judicial Politics

U.S. Supreme Court

Quantitative Methodology


Ph.D. University of Minnesota 2014

B.A. University of Minnesota, summa cum laude 2010



Office: Coffey Hall 336

Mailing Address:

Department of Political Science

Loyola University Chicago

1032 W. Sheridan Road

Chicago, IL 60660