Amy Steigerwalt

Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor
Langdale Hall 1007

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Amy Steigerwalt's research agenda focuses on the role of courts as institutions and the differing influences on court operations and decision-making.  Much of her work to date has focused on the federal judicial selection process.  Besides her co-authored article in The Journal of Politics, she has recently completed a book entitled Battle Over the Bench: Senators, Interest Groups and the Politics of Courts of Appeals Confirmations.  Her more recent projects examine how the United States Supreme Court arrives at unanimous and highly consensual decisions (with Pamela C. Corley and Artemus Ward), as well as the public’s evaluations and level of support for the lower federal courts (with Sara Benesh and Nancy Scherer).


Education: PhD University of California at Berkeley 2004

Research Interests: Judicial politics/judicial behavior, constitutional law, interest groups, Congress


"Battle Over the Bench: Senators, Interest Groups, and Lower Court Confirmations." Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press (2010)

"Sounding the Fire Alarm: The Role of Interest Groups in the Lower Federal Court Confirmation Process," (with Nancy Scherer and Brandon L. Bartels), The Journal of Politics, Vol. 70, No. 4, October 2008, Pp. 1026–1039.

"Judges, Courts and Policy in George W. Bush's Second Term," (with Lori A. Johnson) in The Second Term of George W. Bush: Prospects and Perils, eds. Robert Maranto, Doug Brattebo, and Tom Lansford. New York: Palgrave (2006).

 "Introduction to te Oral History Interview: Aspects of the Judicial Contributions of Allan Broussard," The California Supreme Court Historical Society Yearbook, 1998-1999, ed. Harry N. Scheiber, Volume 4 (2000).

Recent Studies:

* "Bias and the Bar: Evaluating the ABA Ratings of Federal Judicial Nominees," (with Richard L. Vining and Susan Navarro Smelcer), paper prepared for presentation at the 2009 Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting, April 2-5, 2009, Chicago, Illinois; available at SSRN: