Ali Masood

  • Assistant Professor of Politics

Areas of Study


Ali Masood is an Assistant Professor of politics at Oberlin College. His research is on American political institutions with a focus on the U.S. Supreme Court and the lower federal courts. His work aims to provide a better understanding of the complex ways in which judicial actors, at various levels of the judiciary, interact to shape legal and policy outcomes.

Masood is working on several projects, including how the Supreme Court exerts its influence on the lower courts through its shadow docket. His research is supported by the National Science Foundation and his work has been published at American Politics Research, the Journal of Law and CourtsLaw & Social InquiryPolitical Research QuarterlyPolitics, Groups, and Identities, and Social Science Quarterly.

He teach courses on civil rights and civil liberties, constitutional law, judicial politics, and a seminar on the Supreme Court.

Fall 2023

Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers — POLT 288
Judicial Simulation — POLT 289

Spring 2024

Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties — POLT 287
The U.S. Supreme Court — POLT 373

Explore Related Departments