There are two prongs to my research interests—law and politics of the judiciary, and law and politics of gender and sexuality. I examine whether judges make decisions based on politics or law. Do judges interpret law based on their political preferences or do judges interpret law according to the dictates of other institutions? These two are often intertwined and overlapping, so, determining when judges are being political and when they are being legal is not always simple to discern. The second prong of my research interests examines the law and politics of gender and sexuality. Of particular interest are the ways gender and sexuality are intertwined.
I am currently working on several projects. The first is an offshoot of my dissertation, where I examine judicial behavior in the U.S. Courts of Appeals when federal agency decisions are under review. The thrust of this research is to quantify a legal model of judicial behavior and to analyze this model against judges’ political ideological preferences. The second project examines legal theories of sexual citizenship. Theories of sexual citizenship concern the extent to which citizens are afforded rights, freedoms, and duties based on conformity to sexual norms. The final project is a review essay examining the treatment of sex and sexuality issues in the public spheres in New York City and San Francisco.