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Dr. Raymond Carman


Assistant Professor of Political Science

Portrait of Ray Carman in front of a poster based on the U.S. flag

Dr. Carman joined the SUNY Plattsburgh Department of Political Science in Fall 2014. Previously, from Fall 2010 – Spring 2014, he was a Visiting Instructor of Political Science at Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. Dr. Carman earned his Ph.D. from Binghamton University, where he specialized in American Politics, generally, and the courts, in particular.

Dr. Carman’s book, Making Good Law or Good Policy?: The Causes and Effects of State Supreme Court Judges’ Role Orientations, draws from political science and social psychology in order to examine the effect that judicial role orientations — or judges’ beliefs about what should properly be allowed to influence their decisions — has on judicial decision-making. Data for the project, in part, comes from a nationwide survey of the entire population of state supreme court judges.

Since Fall 2015, Dr. Carman has served as the advisor for the Epsilon Lambda Chapter of the Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity, for which he received the Fraternity/Sorority Advisor of Excellence Award in Spring 2017. He has also served as the advisor for the Student Association Constitutional Court; as a chair or member of various committees, subcommittees, and task forces; as a faculty senator; and as the secretary of the Faculty Senate.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Political Science, Binghamton University
  • M.A. in Political Science, Binghamton University
  • B.A. in Political Science, Niagara University

Teaching Areas

  • Courts, judges and politics
  • Introduction to law
  • Legal research and writing
  • Quantitative political analysis
  • Sexuality and the law
  • U.S. civil liberties
  • U.S. constitutional law
  • U.S. national politics

Research Areas

  • Courts
  • Constitutional law
  • Federalism
  • Intergovernmental relations
  • Judicial decision-­making and behavior
  • Judicial selection
  • Psychology of judging
  • State politics

Selected Publications

  • Making Good Law or Good Policy?: The Causes and Effects of State Supreme Court Judges’ Role Orientations (Springer, 2017).
  • “Yes… Yes… All Your ‘Rights’ As Defined By the Cardassian Articles of Jurisprudence Will Be Protected: Civil Liberties in Star Trek Deep Space Nine” in Poli Sci Fi: An Introduction to Political Science through Science Fiction (Routledge, 2016).

Selected Presentations

  • “The New Justice on the Bloc: Acclimation Effects Revisited” at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 5 – 8, 2018.
  • “Diversity on the Federal Courts” at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Diversity Week, February 27, 2017.
  • “Equality Through Marriage” at Lycoming College, April 6, 2016.
  • “State High Court Judges as Role Occupants: The Effects of Role Orientation on Judicial Behavior” at the Annual Meeting of the New York State Political Science Association, April 10 – 11, 2015.
  • “Court of Last Resort Judges as Role Occupants: Exploring Judicial Role Orientations and Their Determinants” at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 11 – 14, 2013.
  • “Court of Last Resort Judges as Role Occupants: Determining the Causes of Role Orientation” at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 12 – 15, 2012.
  • “The Acclimation Effect Revisited” at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 3 – 6, 2008.
  • “The New Dissent: An Analysis of State Court LGBT Decisions” (with Peter Joseph Baxter) at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 3 – 6, 2008.
  • “Parties as Mobilizers: Party Efforts to Get Out the Vote in 2000 and 2004” (with Ian M. Farrell, and Jonathan Krasno) at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 3 – 6, 2008.
  • “Voting Variability: Temporary and Regular Newcomers on the U.S. Courts of Appeals” (with Paul M. Collins, Jr., and Wendy L. Martinek) at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, January 9 – 12, 2008.

Selected Awards

  • Fraternity/Sorority Advisor of Excellence Award, SUNY Plattsburgh, Spring 2017.
  • George L. Hinman Doctoral Fellowship in Public Policy, Binghamton University, Fall 2006 – Spring 2010.
  • Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, Niagara University, Spring 2006.

Selected Activities

  • Member, Free Speech Collaborative, SUNY Plattsburgh, Fall 2018 – Present.
  • Member, Hazing Prevention Task Force, SUNY Plattsburgh, Spring 2018 – Present.
  • Secretary, Faculty Senate, SUNY Plattsburgh, Fall 2017 – Present.
  • Chair, General Education Course Review Subcommittee, SUNY Plattsburgh, Fall 2016 – Spring 2018.
  • Member, Teaching Excellence Task Force, SUNY Plattsburgh, Spring 2016 – Spring 2017.
  • Member, Diversity, Pluralism, and Inclusion Task Force, SUNY Plattsburgh, Fall 2015 – Spring 2018.
  • Senator, Faculty Senate, SUNY Plattsburgh, Fall 2015 – Present.
  • Member, General Education Committee, SUNY Plattsburgh, Fall 2015 – Present.
  • Advisor, Epsilon Lambda Chapter, Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity, SUNY Plattsburgh, Fall 2015 – Present,
  • Advisor, Student Association Constitutional Court, SUNY Plattsburgh, Spring 2015 – Spring 2016.
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