James R. Rogers teaches graduate courses in political institutions and public administration, as well as in game theory and mathematical modeling. He teaches undergraduate courses in constitutional law, jurisprudence, comparative state constitutions, and game theory.
Dr. Rogers’ research studies how institutions interact in separation-of-power political systems. It examines how courts, executives, legislators and voters mutually construct their decision-making environment and the reciprocal influence these actors have on each other. Specific research projects and publications focus on judicial independence and the effect of judicial review on legislative behavior and outcomes, the effects of second legislative chambers on legislative outcomes, and on constitutional structure and institutions.
He is currently completing a book, Necessity & Republicanism: The Democratic Structure of American Federalism. He served as editor of the Journal of Theoretical Politics from 2006 to 2013, and department head of political science from 2008 to 2013. He held a joint appointment at TAMU's Qatar campus from 2013 to 2019, serving as the Faculty Ombud at the campus from 2015 through 2019. He returned to the TAMU main campus in 2019.