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Sarah Staszak

Assistant Professor


Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership


Political Science


NAC 4/146B

p: 212-650-5468


  • Profile

    Professor Staszak is on leave until the fall of 2015. She is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at Harvard University. Her research interests are at the intersection of American politics, public law, and public policy, and she teaches courses on American political institutions, law and policy, and the American state.  Her book, No Day in Court: Access to Justice and the Politics of Judicial Retrenchment (Oxford University Press, 2015) examines the politics and implications of the efforts to constrain access to courts and the legal system as they have unfolded in the years since the expansions of the civil rights era. Her other ongoing research projects involve the growing use of arbitration in the U.S., the provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act that protect the rights of the mentally ill, and the politics of bureaucratic rulemaking. She was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Politics Department at Princeton University and a Brookings Institution Research Fellow in Governance Studies.
  • Education

    Ph.D. Brandeis University, 2010.

  • Courses Taught

    10100: United States Politics and Government
    An analysis of processes, values and problems of American government and democracy. Special emphasis is given to national political institutions and issues. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.   

    22000: The Judiciary
    How courts function in the political system. Examination of the motivations of judges, the social and cultural contexts of courtroom behavior, and role of the judiciary in policy-making. (W) 3 hr./wk.;3 cr.

    31204: The American State
    An investigation of the political, institutional, and legal development of the American state in the contemporary era. 3 hr./wk.;3 cr.
  • Publications

    No Day In Court: Access to Justice and the Politics of Judicial Retrenchment (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015).

    "Law and Courts" in Falleti, Fioretes, and Sheingate, eds., Handbook on Historical Institutionalism (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015)"

    Realizing the Rights Revolution: Litigation and the American State," Law and Social Inquiry 38(1) (Winter 2013).

    "Institutions, Rulemaking, and the Politics of Judicial Retrenchment," Studies in American Political Development 24(2) (October 2010), 168-189.
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