Professor Comparato (Ph.D., Washington University, 2000) joined the SIUC faculty in fall 2000. He teaches courses in judicial process, constitutional law, civil liberties, and criminal rights. He has research interests in judicial decision making, legal argumentation, state supreme courts, the transmission and interpretation of precedent by lower courts, and interest group participation in the courts. He is the author of Amici Curiae and Strategic Behavior in State Supreme Courts (Greenwood, 2003). His current research addresses lower court compliance with U.S. Supreme Court precedent and the geographical diffusion of precedent.