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I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Georgia State University, specializing in judicial politics. My research primarily focuses on the evolution of legal policy over time. This involves examining how legal policy is formulated, the role of courts in guiding the development of legal policy over time, and the impact of legal policy on the everyday lives of individuals.

My new book, US Supreme Court Doctrine in the State High Courts (with Benjamin Kassow) is currently available for preorder from Cambridge University Press with an August 2020 expected publication data.

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At Georgia State University, I teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate level on constitutional law, judicial process, and research methods. I received my Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina and my M.A. and B.A. degrees from the University of Kentucky.

Curriculum Vita

A pdf copy of my CV is available here.


My primary research agenda focuses on new and evolving issues in legal policy. Most of my current work examines questions related to legal policy development and evolution in the U.S. states, specifically as it relates to policy-making on state high courts, state high court usage of precedent, and policy diffusion.

A full list of my publications with replication materials is available here.


As a first-generation college student, the value I place on my own education is immeasurable. For me, recognition of the importance of education for expanding one’s professional opportunities and social mobility is not a mere abstraction, and this is something that has dramatically impacted the way I approach my role as a teacher.

At its core, my teaching philosophy is simply that education should teach students to think. In the classroom and beyond, I constantly strive to assist my students in developing the ability to think critically and analytically, to clearly articulate their thoughts and arguments, and to appreciate the value of diversity in thoughts and beliefs.

Teaching Schedule:

Summer 2020:

POLS 4130: American Constitutional Law

POLS 4131: Civil Liberties & Rights

LaTeX Resources

Getting Started

  • Click here for slides from an introduction to LaTeX workshop for GSU graduate students presented by Susanne Schorpp and me on 29 March 2019. Slides from an earler workshop are available here.
  • The LaTeX Project’s website contains lots of links and useful material.
  • If you are a Mac user, the MacTeX distribution provides everything you need to get started including a text editor. For a better text editor, you may wish to check out the Aquamacs text editor.
  • For PC users, the proTeXt distribution provides everything you need to get started with LaTeX.


Contact Information

Michael P. Fix, Ph.D.

Department of Political Science

Georgia State University

38 Peachtree Center Ave., Suite 1005

Atlanta, GA 30303

Office: Langdale 1026

Primary e-mail: mfix@gsu.edu


Twitter: @mpfix1