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Dr. Jennifer  Bowie
Dr. Jennifer Bowie
Associate Professor of Political Science
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Jennifer Bowie is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Richmond, the former Editor of the Law and Politics Book Review, and has been named a 2022-2023 Provost Office Faculty Fellow. Her research and scholarly work focus on judicial decision-making in federal, state, and comparative courts. Dr. Bowie is the recipient of a collaborative multi-year National Science Foundation grant totaling more than $300,000. The funded project titled “Dynamic Learning in Comparative Courts: A Cross-National Analysis of Judicial Decision Making in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom” develops, assesses, and advances a new and innovative theoretical framework on the dynamic transmission of information between two tiers of courts across the judiciaries of Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The project represents the first comprehensive assessment of hierarchical influences on judicial decision-making within a comparative context. 

Dr. Bowie is the co-author of A View from the Bench and Chambers: Examining Judicial Process and Decision Making on the U.S. Court of Appeals (University of Virginia Press, 2014). A View from the Bench and Chambers provides a comprehensive examination of the processes and politics on the U.S. Courts of Appeals seen from the judges’ perspective and complemented by empirical analyses. Dr. Bowie’s scholarship has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and edited book volumes, including the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Justice System Journal, and TheJournal of Law and Courts

Dr. Bowie teaches the following courses: Civil Rights and Liberties, Constitutional Law, The American Legal System, SCOTUS and Criminal Procedure, a First Year Seminar on The Rights of the Criminally Accused, and three senior seminars: Judicial Politics and Decision Making, The Notorious RBG: Gender Discrimination and the Courts, and Judicial Behavior.

In 2020, Dr. Bowie received the University of Richmond Distinguished Educator Award and the American Political Science Association Law and Courts Section Teaching and Mentoring Award.

Grants and Fellowships

National Science Foundation, Law and Science Program “Collaborative Research: RUI: Dynamic Learning in Comparative Courts: A Cross-National Analysis of Judicial Decision Making in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom”: Supplement. Principal Investigator. [SES 1921268]. August 1, 2021 – July 31, 2022.  $54,798* ($28,218 at University of Richmond) with Co-Principal Investigator Ali S. Masood, Assistant Professor, Rhodes College).

*Funds provided by this award include support for "Research Experiences for Undergraduates" in accordance with the NSF program solicitation NSF 19-582.

National Science Foundation, Law and Social Science Program “Collaborative Research: RUI: Dynamic Learning in Comparative Courts: A Cross-National Analysis of Judicial Decision Making in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom,” Principal Investigator [SES 1921268]. August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2022 $278,369. ($144,651 at University of Richmond) with Co-Principal Investigator Ali S. Masood, Assistant Professor, Rhodes College).

University of Richmond Faculty Research Summer Fellowship, 2012 – 2019.

University of Richmond Summer Research Grant, 2018 – 2019.

George Mason University, Fenwick Fellow, 2009 – 2010.

National Science Foundation Travel Fellowship to Present Research at Society of Political Methodology Annual Summer, Pennsylvania State University, Summer 2007.

Awards

Provost Office Faculty Fellow, 2022-2023.

American Political Science Association Law and Courts Section Teaching and Mentoring Award, 2020.

University of Richmond Distinguished Educator Award, 2020.

Omicron Delta Kappa Teaching Award, Spring 2013.

Publications
Books

2014. The View from the Bench and Chambers: Examining Judicial Process and Decision Making on the U.S. Courts of Appeals. University of Virginia Press. (with Donald R. Songer and John Szmer)

Articles

2022. “State Court Influence on U.S. Supreme Court Opinions.” Journal of Law and Courts. 10(1): 139-165. (with Elisha Carol Savchak).

2019 “Understanding the Determinants of Opinion Language Borrowing in the States Courts.” In Research Handbook on Law and Courts, edited by Lee Walker and Susan Sterett. Edward Elgar Publishing: 267-279. (with Elisha Carol Savchak).

2016. “A Bottom-Up Account of State Supreme Court Opinion Writing.” Justice System Journal 37(2): 94-114. (with Elisha Savchak).

2016. “Party Capability and the U.S. Courts of Appeals: Understanding Why the ‘Haves’ Win.” Journal of Law and Courts. 4(1): 65-102. (with John Szmer and Donald R. Songer).

2014. “Do Bills of Rights Matter? An Examination of Court Change, Judicial Ideology and the Support Structure for Rights in Canada.” Osgoode Hall Law Journal 51(1): 297-328. (with Donald R. Songer and Susan W. Johnson).

2010. "An Empirical Analysis of Hierarchy Effects in Judicial Decision Making." The Journal of Politics. 72 (4): 1212-1221 (with Christopher Zorn).

2009. "Assessing the Applicability of Strategic Theory to Explain Decision Making on the Courts of Appeals." Political Research Quarterly 62: 393-407 (with Donald R. Songer).

Chapters

2022. "Jones v. Mississippi on Life Without Parole for Youth Offenders" in SCOTUS 2021  Major Decisions and Developments of the US Supreme Court, by Morgan Marietta (ed). Palgrave: 83-91. (with *Alexis Cobbs).

2021.“Kelly v. US on Public Fraud and the Bridgegate Controversy.” In SCOTUS 2020 Major Decisions and Developments of the US Supreme Court. by Morgan Marietta (eds). Palgrave: 101-109.

2020. “Flowers v. Mississippi on Race in Jury Selection.”  In SCOTUS 2019 Major Decisions and Developments of the US Supreme Court.” edited by David Klein and Morgan Marietta. Palgrave: 39-48.

2019. “Understanding the Determinants of Opinion Language Borrowing in the States Courts.” In Research Handbook on Law and Courts, edited by Lee Walker and Susan Sterett. Edward Elgar Publishing: 267-279. (with Elisha Carol Savchak).

  

*Denotes University of Richmond student coauthor

Education
Ph.D., University of South Carolina 2008
B.A., University of Vermont 2000
Contact Information
202B Weinstein Hall
804-484-1556
804-287-6833 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Judicial Politics
Judicial Decision Making
Federal Courts
Civil Rights and Liberties
Constitutional Law
American Politics