- Michael Dichio & Logan Strother, Ryan Williams (2022). ‘To Render Prompt Justice’ : The Origins and Construction of the U.S. Court of Claims . Studies in American Political Development. Accepted, 01/03/2022.
- Michael Dichio & Igor Logvinenko (2021). "Authoritarian Populism, Courts and Democratic Erosion What Americans Can Learn from the Rest of the World". Just Security.
- Michael A. Dichio (2020). The Problems Litigating Hardrock Mining . University Press of Colorado.
- Michael A. Dichio (2019). Review of "Courts in Federal Countries: Federalist or Unitarists?". Vol. 50. Publius: The Journal of Federalism.
- Michael A. Dichio (2018). The US Supreme Court and the Centralization of Federal Authority. SUNY Press.
My primary research objective is to explain how American judicial institutions are created and evolve over time, and how these institutions influence constitutional change. As a student of American political development (APD), my primary line of inquiry seeks to uncover and detail the ways in which the U.S. Supreme Court advances and constructs federal power and authority.
Specifically, I am interested in understanding four research findings: (1) the Supreme Court—as an instrument of the national government—has been a powerful driver of the development of central state authority. (2) Consequently, the growth of central state authority has entrenched both liberal and conservative (in the American sense) uses of state power. (3) At the Court’s hands, the growth of the central state has been gradual, expanding not at flashpoints but through accretive and uneven change, expanding more in certain constitutional issue areas than in others. (4) Central state authority, at least where the Court’s construction is concerned, began to grow in the United States long before the twentieth century. My research shows that regardless of the historical era or the Court’s ideology, it has persistently expanded federal authority across every constitutional issue area except judicial power, a finding that advances literatures on American political development, state building, federalism, and the role courts play in advancing the modern American state.
- Supreme Court
- Constitutional Law
- American Political Development
- "Is the Roberts Court Actually the Least Activist in U.S. History?” Presented at the Policy History Conference, June 1-4, 2022. Tempe, Arizona. Conference Paper, Presented, 06/03/2022.
- "Failed Autocrat: Trump and Courts in a Comparative Perspective." Presented at the 2022 Western Political Science Association Conference, Portland, OR. Conference Paper, Presented, 03/10/2022.
- "Policy Retrenchment through the Judiciary: The Curious Case of Texas v. Azar" (with Phillip Singer). American Political Science Association Virtual Meeting, September 9-13, 2021.
- Panelist for a Hinkcley Institute of Politics Forum, "Power to the People: US Voting Rights." . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/30/2019.
- "The General Mining Act of 1872 and American State Formation." Western Political Science Association, San Diego, CA . Conference Paper, Presented, 04/18/2019.