Maron Sorenson

Assistant Professor of Government

Contact Information

msorenso@bowdoin.edu
207-721-5073
Government And Legal Studies

Dudley Coe Building - 301B


Teaching this semester

GOV 2002. Judicial Politics

Introduces students to the study of judicial politics and judicial decision-making. Approaches large topics including how the nomination and confirmation process impact the federal courts; if elected politicians and unelected actors alter the court’s decision-making; factors the court considers when choosing which cases to hear; and actions the Supreme Court takes to ensure the public and lower courts comply with its rulings. Students explore different stages of the legal system (i.e. agenda-setting, decision-making, etc.) and assess their relative importance. Imparts the ability to define and apply social scientific theories to judicial decision-making and to the legal process as a whole.

GOV 2021. Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Liberties

Examines questions arising under the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

Teaching next semester

GOV 2020. Constitutional Law I

Examines the development of American constitutionalism, the power of judicial review, federalism, and separation of powers.

GOV 3022. United States Supreme Court Simulation

The decisions issued by the United States Supreme Court have enormous implications for the litigants in the case, lower courts, government, and society as a whole. Thus, it is important to analyze and understand the process by which the Court makes its decisions and policies. The purpose of this seminar is to investigate the processes by which cases get to the Supreme Court, are accepted or denied, and are decided. The means for investigating this process will be a semester long simulation. Students will assume the roles of the justices, the Solicitor General, litigants, and other actors in the judicial system. In order to inform the simulation, students will also complete focused studies of Court procedures, judicial process, and judicial decision-making.

Education

  • B.A., Ph.D. Minnesota – Twin Cities