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J.D. Temple University
Ph.D., M.A. The Johns Hopkins University
B.A. Wake Forest University
Year Joined Whitworth Faculty
Areas of Specialization / Expertise
Constitutional law; women and the law; the American presidency; immigration policy; parties, politics and interest groups
Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors
Publications include: "The Religious Imagination, Empathy, and Hearing the 'Other:' Judge John T. Noonan Jr. and Immigration," in the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review (2006); co-wrote "Legal Fictions and the Moral Imagination: Female Fictional Lawyers Encounter Professional Responsibility," in the William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law (2004); "Intermediate Review 'With Teeth' in Gender Discrimination Cases: The New Standard in United States v. Virginia," in Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review (1997); "Why Can't a Woman Be More Like a Man?" a critical review essay of Catherine MacKinnon's Towards a Feminist Theory of the State, in Books & Religion (1990).
Presentations include: "The Religious Imagination and Hearing the 'Other:' Judge John T. Noonan Jr., Catholic Social Teaching, and Immigration," at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, New York University (2003); co-presented "Legal Fictions and the Moral Imagination: Female Fictional Lawyers Encounter Professional Responsibility," at the Working Group on Law, Culture and the Humanities, Georgetown Law Center (2000); "Women Candidates and State Supreme Courts: The Clash of Modernity and Tradition," at the American Political Science Association annual meeting, Washington D.C. (1993); "The Political Science Major at the Church-Related College: Bridging the Public and Private," at the Conference on Church-Related Colleges, Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas (1990).
Received the award for Outstanding Teaching in Political Science from the American Political Science Association (1998) and the Lindback Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching (1997).
Member of the American Political Science Association, the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, the Justice Studies Association, and the American Society for Legal History