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SPIA professor to study judicial diversity

Susan Haire, professor of political science in the School of Public and International Affairs, received $33,107 from the National Science Foundation for exploring judicial diversity and appellate court decision-making.

By collecting data on cases, courts and judges from the U.S. Courts of Appeals from 2009 to 2016, this study will examine how recent demographic shifts in the judiciary affected deliberations, opinion writing and organizational practices. These findings will offer new and important insights on the intermediate appellate courts that serve a vital role in the administration of justice in the federal court system.