Prof. Epstein to Receive American Political Science Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Lee Epstein, WashULaw

Professor Lee Epstein will receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) at the association’s annual meeting in September in Philadelphia.

Epstein, the Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor, will be honored for “a lifetime of significant scholarship, teaching, and service to the Law and Courts field,” according to a release from APSA. The Law and Courts Section promotes interest in teaching and research in the areas of law and the judicial process.

Epstein holds a joint appointment in the Political Sciences Department in Arts & Sciences as well as in the School of Law. Her interests center on the U.S. Supreme Court, judicial behavior, empirical legal studies, and constitutional law. She has received 12 grants from the National Science Foundation and authored or co-authored more than 100 articles and essays as well as 17 books. Among her most recent books are The Behavior of Federal Judges (Harvard University Press) with William M. Landes and Richard A. Posner and An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research (Oxford University Press) with Andrew D. Martin.

Along with Professor Pauline Kim, Epstein heads Washington University’s Center for Empirical Research in the Law. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Epstein is the second member of the Washington University faculty to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. James Gibson, the Sidney W. Souers Professor of Government, won it in 2011.