Dr. Judith A. Baer is a specialist in public law and feminist jurisprudence. She is the author of several books and articles. Our Lives Before the Law: Constructing a Feminist Jurisprudence (Princeton University Press) won the American Political Science Association’s Victoria Schuck Award for the best book on women and politics published in 1999. Her casebook, Constitutional and Legal Rights for Women, co-authored with Leslie Goldstein of the University of Delaware, was published in 2006. She has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. and a Fulbright Scholar in Istanbul, Turkey.
Dr. Baer was president of the Women’s Caucus for Political Science in 2002-2003. She was a member of the American Political Science Association Council from 2003 to 2005. Other professional activities include a term on the council of the Southwestern Political Science Association, a term as editor of the Women’s Caucus Political Science Quarterly, and service on the program committees of several national and regional associations. She has served on the editorial board of Women and Politics and is now series editor for the Greenwood Series in Reproductive Rights and Policy.
Prior to joining the Texas A&M University faculty, Dr. Baer taught at the State University of New York at Albany and the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Ironic Freedom: Personal Choice, Public Policy, and the Politics of Reform (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013)
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.