Paul M. Collins, Jr. is a leading expert on judicial politics and the law. His research and commentary have appeared in a host of popular media outlets, including CNN, the New York Times, National Law Journal, National Public Radio, San Francisco Chronicle, Time, USA Today, Voice of America, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. He has also contributed to SCOTUSblog, Slate, The Conversation, and the Washington Post.

Collins is available to comment on a variety of topics, including the following:

  • Supreme Court decisions and decision making
  • The Supreme Court nomination and confirmation process
  • Amicus curiae briefs
  • Interest group litigation
  • Civil rights and liberties
  • Lower federal and state court decisions

He can be reached via email at or by phone at (413) 545-4079.

He can also be reached via Jared Sharpe at the UMass Office of News and Media Relations.


Below, you can find links to some of Collins’ media appearances:

Print Media

New York Times: Brett Kavanaugh’s Expert Evasions, Learned From Past Masters

Time: Democrats Held Kavanaugh’s Feet to the Fire. It Probably Won’t Matter

Washington Post: The ‘Ginsburg Rule’ is not an excuse to avoid answering the Senate’s questions

New York TimesHow Will We Know What a Supreme Court Nominee Really Thinks?

Washington Post: Why Not Limit Neil Gorsuch – and all Supreme Court Justices – to 18-year Terms?

Slate: Gorsuch is Allowed to Answer Questions. He Should Start.

Slate: The Top Five Supreme Court Nomination Myths

The Conversation: What Two Legal Scholars Learned From Studying 70 Years of Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

SCOTUSblog: The Evolution of Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

USA Today: Bork Fight Still Haunts Supreme Court Confirmation Process

New York Times: Study Finds Questioning of Nominees to Be Useful

ABA Journal: It was another big term for amicus curiae briefs at the high court


Radio-Times (WHYY): What Have we learned about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan?


CNN: Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin

Voice of America: Lengthy Legal Battle Looms Over Obama Immigration Order

McCuistion Program: Guns and the Second Amendment