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Edward S. Corwin Award Recipients

Year Author Dissertation Submitted by
2017 Allison Harris Who's on the Bench?: Political Implications of Judicial Characteristics and Judicial Selection Methods in the U.S. University of Chicago
2016 Jud Mathews Constitutional Rights, Private Law, and Judicial Power
Yale University
2015 Matthew Hitt Judgment-Rationale Inconsistency in the US Supreme Court
Ohio State University
2014 Rachel Hinkle The Role of the United States Courts of Appeals in Legal Development Washington University, St. Louis 
2013 Ezequiel Gonzalez Ocantos The Collapse of Impunity in Latin America: Legal Culture, Strategic Litigation and Judicial Behavior  University of Notre Dame
2012 Lauren McCarthy Trafficking (In)justice:  Law Enforcement’s Response to Human Trafficking in Russia University of Wisconsin, Madison 
2011 Emily Zackin Positive Constitutional Rights in the United States Princeton University
2010 Patrick Peel Building Judicial Capacity in the Early American State: Legal Populism, County Courts, and Credit, 1645-1860 Johns Hopkins University
2009 Mark Massoud Who Rules the Law? How Government, Aid Agencies, and Civil Society Manipulate Law in Sudan University of California, Berkeley
2008 Diana Kapiszewsk Challenging Decisions: High Courts and Economic Governance in Argentina and Brazil  University of California, Berkeley
2007 Maria Dimitrova Popova Judicial Independence and Political Competition: Electoral and Defamation Disputes in Russia and Ukraine Harvard University
2006 Justin J. Wert The Not-So-Great Writ: Habeas Corpus and American Political Development University of Oklahoma
2005 Lori A. Johnson Who Governs the Guardians? The Politics of Policymaking for Federal Courts
Mercer University
2005 Martin J. Sweet Supreme Policymaking: Coping with the Supreme Court's Affirmative Action Policies Honors College, Florida Atlantic University
2004 Tamir Moustafa Law Versus the State: The Expansion of Constitutional Power in Egypt, 1980-2001 University of Wisconsin
2003 Jeffrey Kaplan Staton Judicial Activism and Public Authority Compliance: The Role of Public Support in the Mexican Separation-Of-Powers System Washington University


Nancy Scherer

Making a Point: The Politicization of Lower Federal Court Appointments in the Modern Political Era

University of Chicago


Michael Ebeid

Influencing the Supreme Court: Democratic Accountability and the Presidential Threat to Judicial Independence

Yale University


Kenneth I. Kersch

Frames of Progress: The Political Imagination of Rights and Liberties in the United States Supreme Court

Cornell University


Kathleen Ann Uradnik

Government by Consent Decree: San Francisco's Struggle for Institutional Reform

University of California,


Christopher J. Zorn

U.S. Government Litigation Strategies in the Federal Appellate Courts

Ohio State University


Thomas F. Burke

Litigation and its Discontents: The Politics of Adversarial Legalism

University of California, Berkeley


Charles R. Epp

Constitutional Courts and the Rights Agenda in Comparative Perspective

University of Wisconsin


Cary Coglianese

Challenging the Rules, Litigation and Bargaining in the Administrative Process

University of Michigan 


James F. Spriggs, II

The Impact of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Federal Administrative Agencies, 1954-1990

Washington University


Deena Rabinowicz Dugan

The Politics of Medical Malpractice Reform in the American States

Johns Hopkins University


Susan Brodie Haire

Judges' Decisions in the United States Courts of Appeals: A Reassessment of Geographical Patterns in Judicial Behavior

University of South Carolina


Andrew Koppelman

The Antidiscrimination Project: Foundations, Scope, Limits

Yale University


No award given




Terri Jennings Peretti

The Responsible Exercise of Judicial Power: In Defense of a Political Court

University of California, Berkeley


James W. Tubbs

Roman Law Mind, Common Law Mind

Johns Hopkins University


Mark Graber

The Transformation of the Modern Constitutional Defense of Free Speech

Yale University


Graham Walker

The Deep Structure of Contemporary Constitutional Controversy: Morality, Skepticism and Augustine

University of Notre Dame


H. W. Perry, Jr.

Deciding to Decide: The Agenda-Setting Process in the United States Supreme Court

University of Michigan


Susan E. Lawrence

The Poor in Court: The Legal Impact of Expanded Access

Johns Hopkins University


Kim Lane Scheppele

Legal Secrets: Common-Law Rules and the Social Distribution of Knowledge

University of Chicago


Donald A. Downs

Freedom, Community, and the First Amendment: The Skokie Case and the Limits of Speech

University of California, Berkeley


Mark Silverstein

Liberalism, Democracy, and the Court: Felix Frankfurter, Hugo Black, and Constitutional Decision-Making

Cornell University


Timothy O'Neill

The Politics of Equality: Litigational Politics and Democratic Theory

University of California, Berkeley


Stanley Charles Brubaker

Benjamin Nathan Cardozo: An Intellectual Biography

University of Virginia


Calvin Jillson

Compromise and Critical Realignment in the American Constitutional Convention of 1787

University of Maryland


Harry N. Hirsch

The Uses of Psychology in Judicial Biography: Felix Frankfurter and the Ambiguities of Self-Image

Princeton University


Irving Frederick Lefberg

Analyzing Judicial Change: The Uses of 'Systematic Biography' in Anticipating the Court and Shaping Its Future Policies

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Philip Leon Dubois

Judicial Elections in the States: Patterns and Consequences

University of Wisconsin, Madison


Milton Heumann

Adapting to Plea Bargaining: The Experience of Prosecutors, Judges and Defense Attorneys

Yale University


Thomas Uhlman

Racial Justice: Black Judges and Defendants in the Metro City Criminal Court, 1968-1974

University of North Carolina


No award given




James E. Radcliffe

The Case-or-Controversy Provision -- How Limited Is the Political Role of the Federal Courts?

Pennsylvania State University


Lief Hastings Carter

The Limits of Order: Uncertainty and Adaptation in a District Attorney's Office

University of California


Walter G. Markham

Offenders in the Federal Courts: A Search for the Social Correlates of Justices

University of Pennsylvania


Douglas E. Rosenthal

Client Participation in Professional Decision: The Lawyer-Client Relationship in Personal Injury Claims

Yale University


No award given




James P. Levine

The Bookseller and the Law of Obscenity: Toward an Empirical Theory of Free Expression

Northwestern University


No award given




Richard Richardson

A Study of the Judicial Process in Three U.S. Courts of Appeals, 1956-1961

Tulane University


William K. Muir, Jr.

Law and Attitude Change

Yale University


John D. Sprague

Voting Patterns on the United States Supreme Court: Cases in Federalism, 1889-1959

Washington University


David F. Hughes

Salmon P. Chase: Chief Justice

Centre College of Kentucky

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