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Amy Steigerwalt

Associate Professor    
Biography

Amy Steigerwalt is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University. Her research focuses on the federal judicial selection process, as well as the role of courts as institutions and the differing influences on court operations and decision-making. She has published three books to date, including Battle Over the Bench: Senators, Interest Groups and the Politics of Courts of Appeals Confirmations (UVA Press, 2010), as well as articles in journals such as Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and Justice System Journal. Her most recent book is The Puzzle of Unanimity: Consensus on the U.S. Supreme Court, coauthored with Pamela Corley and Artemus Ward(Stanford Press, 2013). Dr. Steigerwalt, along with Drs. Corley and Ward, was recently awarded the 2013 Hughes-Gossett Award for the best article published that year in the Journal of Supreme Court History.

Publications

“Where One Sits Affects Where Others Stand: Bias, the Bar, and Nominees to Federal District Courts.” 2014. Judicature 98 (July/August): (special issue on judicial nominee evaluations). (with Susan Navarro Smelcer and Richard L. Vining).

The Puzzle of Unanimity: Consensus on the United States Supreme Court. 2013. Stanford University Press. (with Pamela C. Corley and Artemus Ward).

“Minority Representation, the Electoral Connection, and the Confirmation Vote of Sonia Sotomayor.” 2013. Justice System Journal 34(2): 189-207. (with Richard L. Vining and Tara W. Stricko).

“Revisiting the Roosevelt Court: The Critical Juncture from Consensus to Dissensus.” 2013. Journal of Supreme Court History 38: 20-50. (with Pamela C. Corley and Artemus Ward).

  • Winner 2013 Hughes-Gossett Prize for the best article published in the Journal of Supreme Court History

“Bias and the Bar: Evaluating the ABA’s Ratings of Federal Judicial Nominees.” 2012. Political Research Quarterly 65: 827-840. (with Richard L. Vining and Susan Navarro Smelcer).

Judging Law and Policy: Courts and Policymaking in the American Political System. 2011. New York: Routledge. (with Robert M. Howard).

Battle Over the Bench: Senators, Interest Groups and Lower Court Confirmations. 2010. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press.