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UdiSommerUdi  Sommer

Assistant Professor
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
Department: Political Science

Expertise: Energy; solar power; religion; Buddhism; politics; Supreme Court constitutions; constitutionalism; U.S. Supreme Court; Israeli politics; Israeli High Court of Justice

Campus phone: (518) 442-4001
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Assistant Professor Udi Sommer's broad research interests are in judicial politics, American politics and political methodology. He specializes in the analysis of political institutions. His research focuses on the analysis of judicial behavior in the U.S. and foreign courts within a Neo-institutional framework. He is currently working on a series of articles that explore the decision on certiorari on the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a recipient of grants and fellowships that include the Fulbright Doctoral Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant. He joined UAlbany in 2007 after receiving his doctorate at Stony Brook University, master's degree from Tel Aviv University and bachelor's degree from The Hebrew University.