Erin Kaheny

Associate Professor
 Bolton Hall 638


PhD, Political Science, University of South Carolina (2004)
MA, Political Science, University of South Carolina (1998)
BA, Government, New Mexico State University (1996)

Courses Taught

  • PolSci 250 – Law and Society
  • PolSci 411 – Constitutional Law: Government Powers & Federalism
  • PolSci 416 – Judicial Process
  • PolSci 464 – Sex, Gender, and the Law

Undergraduate Syllabi
Graduate Syllabi

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

Szmer, John J., Christensen, Robert K., and Kaheny, Erin B. “Gender, Race, and Dissensus on State Supreme Courts.” Social Science Quarterly 96.2 (2015): 553-75.
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. “The Nature of Circuit Court Gatekeeping Decisions.” Law & Society 44.1 (2010): 129-156.
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.