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Lee Epstein

Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor

Lee Epstein is the Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research and teaching interests center on law and legal institutions, especially the behavior of judges.

A recipient of 12 grants from the National Science Foundation, Professor Epstein has authored or co-authored over 130 articles and essays and 18 books, including The Choices Justices Make (co-authored with Jack Knight), which won the Pritchett Award for the Best Book on Law and Courts and, more recently, the Lasting Contribution Award “for a book or journal article, 10 years or older, that has made a lasting impression on the field of law and courts.” The Constitutional Law for a Changing America series (co-authored with Thomas Walker), now in its 10th edition, received the Teaching and Mentoring Award from a section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). Recent books are The Behavior of Federal Judges, with William M. Landes & Richard A. Posner (Harvard University Press); An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research, with Andrew D. Martin (Oxford University Press); and The Oxford Handbook on U.S. Judicial Behavior (edited with Stefanie A. Lindquist).

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  • Education
    • B.A. with high honors, Emory University (Political Science and Sociology), 1980
    • M.A., Emory University, 1982
    • Ph.D., Emory University, 1983
  • Courses
    • Constitutional Law
    • Judicial Behavior
    • The Roberts Court
  • Areas of Expertise
    • Constitutional Law
    • Judicial Behavior
    • Empirical Legal Research
  • Publications
  • Activity and Affiliations
    • Visiting Scholar, Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica (Taiwan)
    • George S. Parthemos Visiting Scholar, University of Georgia
    • Lecturer in Law, University of Chicago
    • Visiting Professor, Law & Comparative Politics, University of Bergen
    • Distinguished Affiliated Professor, Center for Empirical Legal Studies, Hebrew University
  • Honors and Awards
    • Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    • Elected Fellow, American Academy of Political and Social Science
    • Lifetime Achievement Award, Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association
    • John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (Law)
    • Phi Beta Kappa Scholar Visiting Scholar
    • Law & Courts Service Award, Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association
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