Mark Hurwitz

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Mark Hurwitz
Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor of Law, WMU Cooley Law School
Office: 
(269) 387-5372
Fax: 
(269) 387-4930
Location: 
3434 Friedmann Hall, Mail Stop 5346
Mailing address: 
Department of Political Science
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-2546 USA
Education: 
  • Ph.D., Political Science, Michigan State University
  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School
Teaching interests: 
  • Judicial Behavior and Process
  • Constitutional Law
  • Civil Rights and Liberties
  • Analysis of Political Choice and Behavior
Research interests: 
  • Judicial Behavior and Politics
  • American Politics
Bio: 

Dr. Mark S. Hurwitz is currently on leave from Western Michigan University as he serves as Program Director for the Law and Social Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation. His research focuses on judicial politics in federal and state courts, judicial behavior, judicial selection and diversity. Hurwitz has published his research in political science and law journals such as American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, Justice System Journal, Law & Policy, Judicature, Review of Policy Research, and American Review of Politics, among others. Hurwitz is co-principal investigator for the WMU Cooley Law School Innocence Project, which analyzes DNA evidence to exonerate wrongfully convicted individuals, based on a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice in the amount of $418,000. He served as Special Assistant to the Provost with respect to the affiliation between Western Michigan University and WMU Cooley Law School. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Justice System Journal, and he now is a member of its Editorial Board. Hurwitz previously held faculty positions at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) and University of Utah, and he practiced law in New York City before earning his Ph.D. in political science.