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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 include courts, legal institutions, jurisprudence, American political development, and health policy. She is completing a book manuscript,The Politics of Judicial Retrenchment, which examines efforts to scale back access to courts in the years since the dramatic expansions of the civil rights era. 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

    "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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