Erin Kaheny

Associate Professor
 Bolton Hall 638


Ph.D., Political Science, University of South Carolina (2004)
M.A., Political Science, University of South Carolina (1998)
B.A., Government, New Mexico State University (1996)

Courses Taught

Research Interests

Federal appellate court decision making, procedural rules of access to the legal system, judicial careers and acclimation effects, agenda change in the U.S. Courts of Appeals, attorneys and the judicial process, the role of gender in judicial decision making, and comparative judicial studies.

Teaching Interests

American government, courts and the judicial process, constitutional law, civil liberties, women and the law, law and society, and introductory statistics.

Selected Publications

Kaheny, Erin B., Szmer, John J., Hansen, Michael A., and Scheurer, Katherine F. “’High Court Recruitment of Female Clerks: A Comparative Analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Canada’.” Justice System Journal/Routledge.
Szmer, John J., Christensen, Robert K., and Kaheny, Erin B. “’Gender, Race, and Dissensus on State Supreme Courts’.” Social Science Quarterly.
Szmer, John J., Kaheny, Erin B., and Christensen, Robert K. “’Taking a Dip in the Supreme Court Clerk Pool: Understanding Gender-based Discrepancies in Clerk Selection’.” Marquette Law Review 98.1 (2014): 261-288.
Szmer, John J., Kaheny, Erin B., Sarver, Tammy A., and Decamillis, Mason. “The Impact of Attorney Gender on Decision Making in the United States Courts of Appeals.” Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy, Routledge 34. (2013): 72-100.
Kaheny, Erin B., Szmer, John J., and Sarver, Tammy A. “Women Lawyers before the Supreme Court of Canada.” Canadian Journal of Political Science, Cambridge University Press 44.1 (2011): 83-109.
Kaheny, Erin B. “Appellate Judges as Gatekeepers?: An Investigation of Threshold Decisions in the U.S. Courts of Appeals.” Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, UALR Bowen School of Law 12.2 (2011): 255-281.
Kaheny, Erin B. “The Nature of Circuit Court Gatekeeping Decisions.” Law & Society 44.1 (2010): 129-156.
Kaheny, Erin B., and Rice, Kimberly J. “Threshold Rules as Tools of Deference?: Circuit Judge Gatekeeping in Administrative Agency Cases.” Justice System Journal, National Center for State Courts 31.2 (2010): 201-224.
Szmer, John J., Sarver, Tammy A., and Kaheny, Erin B. “Have We Come a Long Way Baby? Female Attorneys before the United States Supreme Court.” Politics & Gender, Cambridge University Press 6. (2010): 1-36.
Kaheny, Erin B., Haire, Susan B., and Benesh, Sara C. “Change over Tenure: Voting, Variance, and Decision Making on the U.S. Courts of Appeals.” American Journal of Political Science 52.3 (2008): 490-503.
Songer, Donald R., Kuersten, Ashlyn, and Kaheny, Erin B. “Why the Haves Don’t Always Come Out Ahead: Repeat Players Meet Amici Curiae for the Disadvantaged.” Political Research Quarterly 53.3 (2000): 537-556.