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StephenWasbyStephen L.  Wasby

Professor Emeritus
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
Department: Political Science

Expertise: Court systems, especially the federal courts; U.S. Supreme Court; appellate courts; court administration; judicial selection; litigation by interest groups; civil liberties; civil rights; First Amendment.

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Stephen L. Wasby's research interests focus primarily on the federal courts and on the role of interest groups in litigation. He is now engaged in a long-term project on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is the author of a number of books, including The Supreme Court in the Federal Judicial System and Race Relations Litigation in an Age of Complexity, as well as articles in social science journals and law reviews. He is editor-in-chief of Justice System Journal, on whose editorial board he has served for 30 years and for which he was review editor and legal notes editor. He has served on the editorial boards of American Politics Quarterly, Polity, Law and Society Review, and Western Legal History. A past director of the Law and Social Science Program at the National Science Foundation, he has regularly taught a seminar on dissertation-proposal writing and served as a member of UAlbany's Institutional Review Board. He received his bachelor's degree from Antioch College and his master's and doctorate from the University of Oregon, where he was a National Defense Education Act Fellow. He now resides in Eastham, Mass.