Publications and Research


Knowles, Helen J. and Brandon T. Metroka, eds. 2020. Free Speech Theory: Understanding the Controversies. New York: Peter Lang.

Scholarly Articles

Driesen, David M., Thomas M. Keck, and Brandon T. Metroka. 2018. “Half a Century of Supreme Court Clean Air Act Interpretation: Purposivism, Textualism, Dynamism, and Activism.” Washington & Lee Law Review 75 (4): 1781-1857. SSRN available here.

Metroka, Brandon T. 2018. “Rethinking the Assignment of Ideological Direction: Concept Measurement in Modern U.S. Supreme Court Free Expression Decisions.” Justice System Journal 39 (4): 331-377.

Keck, Thomas M., Brandon T. Metroka, and Richard Price.  2018. “The Judicial Protection of Anti-Judicial Speech.” American University International Law Review 33 (4): 693-769. SSRN available here.

Book Chapters

Knowles, Helen J. and Brandon T. Metroka. “Introduction: Unearthing Lost Free Speech Values.” In Free Speech Theory: Understanding the Controversies, Helen J. Knowles and Brandon T. Metroka, eds. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Knowles, Helen J. and Brandon T. Metroka. “Conclusion: It’s Still Complicated.” In Free Speech Theory: Understanding the Controversies, Helen J. Knowles and Brandon T. Metroka, eds. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Knowles, Helen J., Steven B. Lichtman, and Brandon Metroka. 2017. “The U.S. Supreme Court in the Obama Years.” In The Obama Presidency and the Politics of Change, Eddie Ashbee and John Dumbrell, eds. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.

Book Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries

Metroka, Brandon.  2018. ‘Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s Freedom PAC v. Bennett’, ‘Davis v. Federal Election Commission’, ‘Federal Election Commission v. Wisconsin Right to Life’, ‘Randall v. Sorrell’. In Money in American Politics: An Encyclopedia, David Schultz, ed. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Metroka, Brandon. 2016. “Review: The Case Against the Supreme Court, by Erwin Chemerinsky. (New York: Viking Press, 2014).  Political Science Quarterly 131 (1): 176-178.

Metroka, Brandon T. 2014. “Review: Statebuilding from the Margins: Between Reconstruction and the New Deal, by Carol Nackenoff and Julie Novkov, eds.  (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014).  Law and Politics Book Review 20 (6): 321-325.


Metroka, Brandon T., and Brady Root. “Storytime: An Alternative Indicator and Account of LGBTQ+ Inclusivity.” (Submitted for presentation at the 2020 Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association.)

Altschuler, Bruce, Helen J. Knowles, and Brandon T. Metroka. 2023. Filming the First: Cinematic Portrayals of Freedom of the Press. Lexington Books. (Under Contract).

Metroka, Brandon T. “Moderation in Everything?” (Ongoing).

Metroka, Brandon T. “Typologies and Judicial Behavior: A Free Expression Case Study.” (Ongoing).

Research Assistantships

Michael O. Sawyer Fellowship in Constitutional Law and Politics (2011-2012, 2014-2016).  Dr. Thomas M. Keck, Political Science Department Chair, Syracuse University (Public opinion data, state high court research, “culture wars” political issues, comparative free speech jurisprudence).

National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC), Department of Justice (DoJ). SENTRY Watch Assistant (Internship, 2011). Supervisor: Dr. Susan Seese, Intelligence Analyst.

Various Research Assistant Contributions

  • Grant Reeher, Director of the Campbell Institute for Public Affairs (Corporate Social Responsibility).
  • Spencer Piston, Syracuse University (Dehumanizing Language, Media, and Political Controversies).
  • Helen Knowles and Steven B. Lichtman, Judging Free Speech (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2015).
  • Shana Gadarian, Syracuse University (LGBT attitudes, survey coding).
  • Christopher G. Faricy, Syracuse University (Social Welfare Policy).
  • Matthew Cleary, Syracuse University (Trust Game Experiments).