I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at El Paso. I specialize in judicial politics, human rights, the rule of law, international law, indigenous law, judicial independence, and gender. In particular, my scholarship focuses on how to promote the rule of law, human rights, democracy, and peace through law and courts. As such, I explore the establishment and maintenance of the rule of law, the tensions and interactions between international and domestic law, the role of courts in transitioning and consolidating democracies, the role of courts in establishing or hindering human rights and indigenous sovereignty rights, and how non-legal factors (like judge gender and national security environments) impact court decisions and judicial decision-making. My research examines these phenomena across a variety of courts, including American federal and state courts, Canadian courts, common law courts, Latin American courts, and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. My research thus offers empirically-driven insights into how to promote fair, diverse, and vibrant democracies, how to maintain peace and human dignity, and how to establish and protect the rule of law through the advancement of domestic and international legal structures.
My teaching interests include those related to my research as well as American constitutional law, civil liberties, and research methodology at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
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University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, TX 79968
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