Political Science Faculty


Dr. Raymond V. Carman, Jr.

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dr. Carman earned his Ph.D. from Binghamton University, where he specialized in American Politics, generally, and the courts, in particular. His research and teaching interests include: American political institutions; judicial behavior and politics; and research methods.

Dr. Carman’s dissertation, entitled To Make Good Law or Good Policy?: The Causes and Effects of State High Court Judges’ Role Orientations, draws from both political science and social psychology in order to examine the effect that judicial role orientations — or judges’ beliefs about what should properly be allowed to influence their decisions — has on judicial decision-making. Data for the project, in part, comes a survey of the entire population of state high court judges.


  • Ph.D. in Political Science, Binghamton University

Teaching Areas

  • Courts, Judges & Politics
  • U.S. Civil Liberties
  • U.S. Constitutional Law
  • U.S. National Politics

Research Areas

  • Courts
  • Federalism
  • Intergovernmental relations
  • Judicial decision-­making
  • Judicial selection
  • Psychology of judging
  • State politics

Contact Raymond Carman

Office: 149A Hawkins Hall
Phone: (518) 564-5833
Email: raymond.carman@plattsburgh.edu