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Jennifer Bowie
Associate Professor of Political Science

Jennifer Bowie is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Richmond and the Editor of the Law and Politics Book Review.  Her research and scholarly work focuses on judicial decision making in federal and state courts.  Her co-authored book A View from the Bench and Chambers: Examining Judicial Process and Decision Making on the U.S. Court of Appeals (2014, University of Virginia Press) 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 a project examining the determinants on en banc reversal on the U.S. Courts of Appeals. Professor Bowie’s work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Justice System Journal, and The Journal of Law and Courts

Professor Bowie teaches courses on Civil Rights and Liberties, Constitutional Law, American Legal System, Judicial Politics and Decision Making, and a First Year Seminar on The Rights of the Criminally Accused.    


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)


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).

Ph.D., University of South Carolina 2008
B.A., University of Vermont 2000
Contact Information
202P Weinstein Hall
804-287-6833 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Judicial Politics
Constitutional Law
American Politics