Twice in One Case: Pair of Supreme Court Dissents Cite Books by Amherst Professor

July 7, 2015

By Emily Gold Boutilier


Few professors ever see their scholarship appear in a U.S. Supreme Court decision. Rarer still: to have separate books by the same professor cited on the same day, in the same case, by two different justices.  


Amherst Same-Sex Marriage Expert: Equality ”Inevitable” in Next Few Years

October 17, 2014

By Madeline Ruoff ’18


Amherst Professor Martha Umphrey

The Supreme Court’s decision to let stand appeals court decisions regarding same-sex marriage this October has catalyzed the removal of gay marriage bans across the nation. Amherst professor Martha Umphrey, an expert on the legal issues around gay marriage, gives her analysis on what this means for the future of marriage equality in the United States.


Is DOMA Dead? An Amherst Expert Weighs in on the Future of Same-Sex Marriage

July 25, 2013

Professor Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought Professor Martha Umphrey

On June 26 of this year, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) made landmark decisions in two cases related to same-sex marriage: United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry.

Kevin Sweeney: Guns, Militias, and the Second Amendment

Kevin SweeneyFebruary 5, 2013

Interview by William Sweet • Photo by Rob Mattson

The citizen soldier, ready to defend his family, property and liberty, is a powerful and cherished image, and one often invoked in debates around the Second Amendment and gun violence.

But that image just isn’t accurate. According to Kevin M. Sweeney, professor of American studies and history, the militia man isn’t who we think he is, and the Second Amendment doesn’t do what we think it does. In short, he says, the NRA and the Supreme Court need a history lesson.

The BBC recently interviewed Sweeney about guns in American culture, and he has co-authored a piece in the current Chronicle of Higher Education with Saul Cornell ’82, professor of history at Fordham University. Sweeney is at work on a book about guns in rural America.

Harlan Fiske Stone (Class of 1894) Discussed on NPR

Submitted by Samuel A. Masinter
In a story on a new PBS documentary series, The Supreme Court, NPR interviewed The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America author Jeffrey Rosen. Rosen talked at length about former Attorney General and Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone '94 during the interview.