Scholarly Articles

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

Keck, Thomas M., Brandon T. Metroka, and Richard Price.  “The Judicial Protection of Anti-Judicial Speech.” (Under Contract, American University International Law Review).


Knowles, Helen J. and Brandon T. Metroka, eds. Free Speech Theory: Understanding the Controversies. (Under Contract, Peter Lang Publishing).

Book Chapters

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

The Case Against the Supreme Court, by Erwin Chemerinsky. (New York: Viking Press, 2014).  Political Science Quarterly 131, No. 1 (2016): 176-178.

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, No. 6 (2014): 321-325.

Encyclopedia of Money in Politics. David Schultz, ed. (Forthcoming, 2018).  Entries:  Randall v. Sorrell (2006), Federal Election Commission v. Wisconsin Right to Life (2007), Davis v. Federal Election Commission (2008), Arizona Free Enterprise Club v. Bennett (2011).


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.

Metroka, Brandon T. “A Tale of Two Dockets: Agenda –Setting, Free Expression, and the Roberts Court Era (Ongoing).

Driesen, David M., Thomas M. Keck, and Brandon T. Metroka. “Half a Century of Supreme Court Clean Air Act Interpretation: Purposivism, Textualism, Dynamism, and Activism.” (Under Review).

Kelley, Bridget A., Brandon T. Metroka, and Hengel Reina. “Of Bikes, Bags, and Lawsuits: Local Policy Innovation and Adoption in the Age of the California Environmental Quality Act.” (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).