Ryan Hubert

2020 Hellman Fellow


Assistant Professor, Political Science
UC Davis

Project Title: The U.S.District Court Docket Database

Project Description: There is currently no comprehensive, representative and publicly accessible database of civil cases in the U.S. federal district courts.  With support from the Hellman Program, I will build the first one, and use it to conduct empirical projects on two broad substantive questions.  First, do more powerful litigants “get ahead” in the federal courts? Second, are judges in the federal courts making decisions consistently, or do litigants face the prospect of “jackpot justice”?  I have already made progress collecting some of the required data.  This Fellowship will fund the labor and computational resources I need to continue.