Julie Novkov is a Professor of Political Science and Women’s Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY. She came here in 2006 after spending ten years on the faculty at the University of Oregon. Her research and teaching are situated at the intersection of law, history, US political development, and subordinated identity. She views law as both a system of political and social control and as a site for reform through activists’ pressure. She is particularly interested in the way that the law defines and translates categories associated with identity, such as race and gender, and the ways that these categories transform and are transformed by legal discourse.
Professor Novkov is actively engaged in the academy. In the American Political Science Association, she served on the Executive Council, organized panels for Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence, presided over the Sexuality and Politics Section, and chaired the LGBT Status Committee. In the Western Political Science Association, she organized panels for Women and Politics and Politics and History and is serving on the Executive Council. In the Midwest Political Science Association she organized panels for Judicial Politics and Law and Courts. She has also served on numerous prize, award, and nomination committees. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the American Political Science Review, Polity, the Journal of Law and Courts, and Politics, Gender and Identities. In her spare time, she serves on the University at Albany’s Institutional Review Board.