Jilda Aliotta is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Government. She teaches courses in American politics, law and politics and gender and politics including Law and the Justice System, Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence and Gender, Law and Policy. She is also a member of the University’s pre-law advising committee. Professor Aliotta’s current research focuses on the impact of women and the judiciary. She is working on a biography of Jennie Loitman Barron, the first woman to serve as a full-time judge in Massachusetts. She has also published several articles on judicial decision making. Professor Aliotta grew up on military bases through the United States and in Italy before her family settled in Minnesota. She received a BA in political science from Macalester College and a Ph.D in Political Science from University of Minnesota. Before coming to the University of Hartford, Professor Aliotta taught at University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, Marquette University, and Miami University (Ohio).
We are feminist law and society scholars who use the lens of gender to analyze judging. Although the highest appellate courts of most jurisdictions now have at least one woman member, and in some countries such as Italy and France, women dominate lower judicial offices, the battle for a fully gender-integrated bench is far from won.
The purpose of the new Gender and Judging blog and Judicial Diversity Scholar Network (JDSN) is to promote and disseminate scholarship, facilitate the translation of scholarship about the judiciary into practice, to build a community of scholars for data collection, information sharing, and collaboration, to support the production of cutting-edge research, and to promote the career success and advancement of scholars doing this research in the academy.