Dr. James Rogers
Associate Professor and Faculty Ombuds Officer
Office Number: 340F
Office Phone: +974.4423.0285
James R. Rogers holds a joint appointment as associate professor of political science at Texas A&M University in College Station and at Texas A&M University-Qatar. He holds two earned doctorates, a Ph.D. in political science and a J.D. in law. Rogers also holds an MA in economics and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Nebraska with four undergraduate majors. Rogers is a fellow with the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. He served from 2008 to 2013 as head of the political science department at the TAMU main campus in College Station, and for several years before that served as the department's Director of Graduate Studies. He also served as editor of the Journal of Theoretical Politics from 2006 through 2013.
Rogers specializes in the use of mathematical models to analyze political phenomena, focusing on the design and engineering of political and legal institutions. He teaches graduate courses in political institutions and public administration, as well as in game theory and mathematical modeling. He teaches undergraduate courses in constitutional law, comparative state constitutions, law and legislation, and research methods.
Rogers has published numerous articles in leading scholarly journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, and Legislative Studies Quarterly. He has also been principal investigator of several grants from the National Science Foundation. Along with Dr. Jon Bond and Dr. Roy Flemming, he served as editor for the book, Institutional Games and the Supreme Court, to which he also contributed three chapters.
- Ph.D. University of Iowa – Political Science, USA, 1994.
- M.A. Brown University – Economics, USA, 1989.
- J.D. University of Nebraska, USA, 1987.
- B.A. University of Nebraska (Phi Beta Kappa), USA, 1983
- TAMUQ Faculty Ombud, July 2015 – present
- Faculty Senator, September 2013 – present
- Fellow, Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy. George Bush School of Government, Texas
A&M University. 2010 – present.
- Department Head. Department of Political Science, Texas A&M University. September 2009 – June 2013.
(Included head responsibilities for political science at TAMU-Qatar.)
- Interim Department Head. Department of Political Science, Texas A&M University. August 2008 – August
- Editor. Journal of Theoretical Politics. April 2006 – present.
- Director of Graduate Studies. Department of Political Science, Texas A&M University. January 2006 –
- Associate Director of Graduate Studies. Department of Political Science, Texas A&M University.
September 2005 – December 2005.
- Director of the American Politics Program. Department of Political Science, Texas A&M University. June
2001 – December 2005.
- Associate Professor. Department of Political Science, Texas A&M University. 2001 – present.
- Assistant Professor. Department of Political Science, Texas A&M University. 1995 – 2001.
Institutional Games and the Supreme Court (edited with J. Bond and R. Flemming). University of Virginia Press, 2006.
Articles and Chapters
2015 The Gimlet-Eye of Social Science, in Religion and the Social Sciences (R.R. Reno, B. McClay, eds.). Cascade Books (Eugene Oregon: 2015): 88-98.
2013 Information and Judicial Review: A Signaling Game of Legislative-Judicial Interaction, republished in, The Economics of Judicial Behavior, (Lee Epstein, ed.), Vol. 2. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, UK. 2013.
2012 Democracy & Necessity: Using Simple Game Theory to Identify When Policy Decisions Should be Centralized and When Decisions Should be Decentralized, L’Europe en Formation, Vol. 1, 2012:73-93.
2008 The Virtue of ‘Unrealism’ in Formal Judicial Models, and Other Thoughts. Law and Courts: Newsletter of the Law & Courts Section of the American Political Science Association, Vol. 18 (No.3 Summer) 2008: 6-9.
2007 Resurrecting Lochner: A Defense of Unprincipled Judicial Activism, Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, Vol. 23, No. 2 (June) 2007: 442-468. (With George Vanberg.)
2006 The Law and Policy of State-Tax Competition: Much Ado about Nothing? Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Winter) 2006: 101-117.
2006 Institutional Games and the Supreme Court (edited with J. Bond and R. Flemming). University of Virginia Press, 2006.
2006 A Primer on Game Theory, in Institutional Games and the Supreme Court (J. Rogers, R. Flemming, J. Bond, eds). University of Virginia Press (2006).
2006 Why Informed Judges Defer to (Almost) Ignorant Legislators: Accounting for the Puzzle of Judicial Deference,” in Institutional Games and the Supreme Court (J. Rogers, R. Flemming, J. Bond, eds). University of Virginia Press (2006).
2006 Review of Thomas H. Hammond, Chris W. Bonneau, and Reginal S. Sheehan, Strategic Behavior and Policy Choice on the U.S. Supreme Court (Stanford University Press, 2005), Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 4 (June): 387-388.
2005 The Impact of Divided Government on Legislative Production, Public Choice, Vol. 123, Nos. 1-2 (April) 2005: 217-233.
2005 Empirical Determinants of Bicameral Sequence in State Legislatures, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Vol. 30, No. 1 (February) 2005: 29-42.
2003 National Judicial Power and the Dormant Commerce Clause, Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, Vol. 19, No. 2 (Fall) 2003: 553-570. (With Clifford Carrubba.) .
2003 The Impact of Bicameralism on Legislative Production, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Vol. 28, No. 4 (November) 2003: 509-528.
2003 Review of Maxwell L. Stearns, Constitutional Process: A Social Choice Analysis of Supreme Court Decision Making (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1999), in Public Choice, Vol. 115 (June) 2003: 501-506.
2002 Free-Riding in State Legislatures, Public Choice, Vol. 113, Nos. 1-2 (October) 2002: 59-76.
2002 Entry on Simopoulos v. Virginia, 462 U.S. 506 (1983), in Historical and Multicultural Encyclopedia of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States (Judith A. Baer, editor) (Westport CT: Greenwood Press) 2002: 192-193
2002 Judicial Advisory Opinions and Legislative Outcomes in Comparative Perspective, American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 46, No. 2 (April) 2002: 379-397. (With George Vanberg.).
2002 Review of Steven S. Stephens, The Uncertainty of Legal Rights (New York: Routledge 2001), in Law and Politics Book Review, Vol. 12, No. 6 (June) 2002: 293-296.
2001 An Informational Rationale for Congruent Bicameralism, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Vol. 12, No. 2 (April) 2001: 129-157.
2001 Information and Judicial Review: A Signaling Game of Legislative-Judicial Interaction, American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 45, No. 1 (January) 2001: 84-99.
2000 The Constitutionality of State Tax Incentive Policies for Locating Businesses: A Simple Game Theoretic Analysis, The Tax Lawyer, Vol. 53, No. 2 (Winter) 2000: 431-458. (TTL is peer reviewed.)
2000 Review of Isaac Unah, The Courts of International Trade: Judicial Specialization, Expertise, and Bureaucratic Policy-Making (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press), in Public Choice, Vol. 103 (June) 2000: 393-398.
1999 Legislative Incentives and Two-Tiered Judicial Review, American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 43, No. 4 (October) 1999: 1096-1121.
1999 Judicial Review Standards in Unicameral Legislative Systems: A Positive Theoretic and Historical Analysis, Creighton Law Review, Vol. 33 (December) 1999: 65-119.
1999 Bicameral Sequence: Theory and State Legislative Evidence, American Journal of Political Science, Vol.42, No. 4 (October) 1998: 1025-1060.
1998 Review of Albert Breton, et al. (eds.), Nationalism and Rationality (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1995), in Public Choice, Vol. 95 (June) 1998: 418-422. .
1997 Civil Rights and Liberties in the Vocabulary of the American Founding,” chapter in Faith and Free Government (Daniel Palm, ed.) (Lanham, NC: Rowman & Littlefield, 1997): 61-74.