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Jennifer Bowie
Associate Professor of Political Science
Pre-Law Advisor
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Jennifer Bowie is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Richmond, the Prelaw Advisor, and the Editor of the Law and Politics Book Review. Her research and scholarly work focuses on judicial decision making in federal, state, and comparative courts. Dr. Bowie has been awarded a collaborative multi-year grant totaling $278,369 from the National Science Foundation. The 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 processes and politics on the U.S. Courts of Appeals seen from the perspective of the judges and complemented by empirical analyses. Her current research includes projects examining the determinants on en banc reversal on the U.S. Courts of Appeals and understanding how lower courts judges can influence higher court opinion content through language borrowing. Dr. Bowie’s work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and edited book volumes including the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Justice System Journal, and The Journal of Law and Courts

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

Grants and Fellowships

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 $144,651. (Total NSF Award $278,369 with Co-Principal Investigator Ali S. Masood, Rhodes College).

University of Richmond, Faculty Professional Development for Teaching, 2019,  $2,845. 

University of Richmond, Faculty Research Fellowship, 2019, $5,877.

University of Richmond, Research Grant, 2019, $ 5,564.

University of Richmond, Faculty Research Fellowship, 2018, $6,000.

University of Richmond, Research Grant, 2018, $5,900.

University of Richmond, Faculty Research Fellowship, 2017, $6,000.

University of Richmond, Faculty Research Fellowship, 2016, $6,000.

University of Richmond, Faculty Research Fellowship, 2015, $6,000.

George Mason University, Fenwick Fellow, 2009-2010.

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

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

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).

Education
Ph.D., University of South Carolina 2008
B.A., University of Vermont 2000
Contact Information
202P 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