Tom Clark

Charles Howard Candler Professor of Political Science

Office: 321C Tarbutton Hall

Phone: (404) 727-6615

Fax: (404) 727-4586


Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Department of Political Science

Emory University
1555 Dickey Drive

Atlanta, Georgia 30322

Additional Websites


  • Ph.D., Princeton University, 2008
  • M.A., Princeton University, 2005
  • B.A., Rutgers University, 2003


Tom S. Clark is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Political Science. His research focuses on judicial politics, American political institutions, rational choice institutionalism. Current research projects include topics on the development of statistical models of legal doctrine, federal court oversight of state courts, and litigation in the judicial hierarchy. Prof. Clark's research has been published in leading political science journals such as the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the journal of Politics. His book, The Limits of Judicial Independence, was published in 2011 by Cambridge University Press and was awarded the William Riker Award for the best book on political economy from the Political Economy Section of the American Political Science Association. Prof. Clark received his BA (2003) from Rutgers University, and his MA (2005) and PhD (2008) in Politics from Princeton University. Clark also holds a courtesy appointment in the Emory School of Law. Professor Clark has provided expert witness and consulting services for constitutional litigation in the federal and state courts, including litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court.