Lee Epstein

Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor


B.A., Emory University, Political Science, Sociology
(with High Honors), 1980
M.A., Emory University, Political Science, 1982
Ph.D., Emory University, Political Science, 1983

Curriculum Vitae





HaEun Park - (314) 935-3387

Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-7847
Email: epstein@wustl.edu  


Seigle Hall, Room 212A

Courses Taught


American Political Institutions
Civil Liberties
Constitutional Courts
Constitutional Law
Defendants’ Rights
Judicial Behavior
Judicial Politics

Law & Political Economy
Law & Politics
Law & Social Change
Social Science in Law
Social-Scientific Research for Lawyers
The Roberts Court
The Supreme Court



Lee Epstein’s interests center on the U.S. Supreme Court, judicial behavior, empirical legal studies, and constitutional law. Her latest book, An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research (with A. Martin), Oxford University Press, is forthcoming. Her co-authored book, The Behavior of Federal Judges (with W. Landes and R. Posner), was published by Harvard University Press in 2013. She is now working on several books, including one that makes use of Justice Blackmun’s papers to study agenda setting on the Supreme Court and another that examines how national and local economic trends affect judicial decisions. A recipient of 12 grants from the National Science Foundation for her work on law and legal institutions, Epstein has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles and essays, as well as 15 books, including the Constitutional Law for a Changing America series (in its 8th edition; winner of the Teaching and Mentoring Award from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association) and The Supreme Court Compendium (going into its 6th edition; winner of a Special Recognition Honor from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association and an Outstanding Academic Book Award from Choice). Another book, The Choices Justices Make (co-authored with J. Knight), won the Pritchett Award for the Best Book on Law and Courts and the 2010 Lasting Contribution Award. Among her many honors, she is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for her work on diversity in the federal courts.

Epstein is a co-editor of the Journal of Law, Economics & Organization; president of the International Society for New Institutional Economics; a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Political and Social Science; chair of the Law School Admission Council’s Grants Subcommittee; and principal investigator of the National Science Foundation funded project on the U.S. Supreme Court Database. Before returning to Washington University, she was the Provost Professor of Law and Political Science and the Rader Family Trustee Chair in Law at the University of Southern California; the Henry Wade Rogers Professor at Northwestern University; and the Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor of Political Science and professor of law at Washington University.

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