Michael A. Zilis

Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky

POLITICAL SCIENCE | American Politics |  Public Law & Judicial Politics | Political Behavior


​​​​I am Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Kentucky. My research focuses on politicized resistance to U.S. Supreme Court from both behavioral and institutional perspectives. Specifically, I study institutional legitimacy, popular support for rulings, the Court's strategic management of support, legislative-judicial interactions, and media coverage of the judiciary.  I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, with expertise in American politics, public law and judicial politics, and political behavior and communication. My research has been published or is forthcoming at ​Political Research QuarterlyLegislative Studies QuarterlyJournal of Law and Courts​, and multiple law reviews.  My book, The Limits of Legitimacy  (University of Michigan Press) was named a 2015 Exemplary Law Book.