Salmon Shomade

Visiting Associate Professor of Political Science


BS| Clark Atlanta University| 1988

B.Eng| Georgia Institute of Technology| 1989

MBA| UVA Darden Graduate School of Business| 1992

J.D.| University of Virginia School of Law| 1997

PhD| University of Arizona| 2007

Courses Taught

National Politics in the U.S.

Introduction to Politics

Research Design Methods

African American Politics

Constitutional Law

Civil Liberties

Criminal Justice

African Politics


Member: District of Columbia Bar, Georgia State Bar, New York State Bar, and Texas State Bar

Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award 2018 Nominee   


Shomade, Salmon A. 2018. Decision Making and Controversies in State Supreme Courts. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield).

Shomade, Salmon A. Forthcoming 2019. “Diversion and Accountability Courts” In Ronald F. Wright, Kay L. Levine, and Russell M. Gold (Eds.), Oxford Handbook on Prosecutors and Prosecution. Oxford University Press: Oxford, U.K.

Shomade, Salmon A. and Sally J. Kenney. 2016. “Gender & Racial Diversity of Louisiana’s Judges: A Research Report.” Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University, New Orleans. October 2016.

Shomade, Salmon A., Roger E. Hartley, and Lisa M. Holmes. 2014. “Lower Federal Court Judicial Confirmation Fights: A Critical Review of the Empirical Literature and Future Research Directions,” PS: Political Science & Politics, 47 (1): 149-164.

Shomade, Salmon A. 2012. “Sentencing Patterns: Drug Court Judges Serving in Conventional Criminal Courts,” Judicature, 96 (1): 36-44.

 Holmes, Lisa M., Salmon A Shomade, and Roger. E. Hartley 2012. “The Confirmation Obstacle Course: Signaling Opposition through Delay,” The American Review of Politics, Spring, 33: 23.

Shomade, Salmon A., and Roger E. Hartley. 2010. “The Application of Network Analysis to the Study of Trial Courts.” Justice System Journal, 31(2): 144-163.

Shomade, Salmon A. 2010. “Case Disposition in the Drug Court: Who is the Most Central Actor?” Justice System Journal, 31(1): 74-96.


“Re-examining the Rule of Law from the Bottom Up: Lessons from Several Nigerian Courts,” Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, April 2018.

“Effect of State Supreme Court Justices’ Interpersonal Relationships on Rulings,” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, September 2015.

 “Judicial Decision Making in State Supreme Courts: The Elevation of Bernette Johnson as Chief Justice and Its Impact on Judicial Decisions in Louisiana Supreme Court,”, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, April 2014.

Research Interests

Judicial Politics, African Politics, African-American Politics, Criminal and Specialized Courts, Constitutional Law, Law and Public Policy, and Law and Ethics