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Race, Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of the American Judiciary

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Nancy Bays Arrington, Sharon A. Navarro, Barbara L. Graham, Adriano Udani, Donald Haider-Markel, Patrick Gauding, Taneisha Nicole Means, Shenita Brazelton, LaTasha Chaffin, Lisa M. Holmes, Samantha L. Hernandez
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  • Date Published: January 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108429887

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  • The judicial system in a liberal democracy is deemed to be an independent branch of government with judges free from political agendas or societal pressures. In reality, judges are often influenced by their economic and social backgrounds, gender, race, religion, and sexuality. This volume explores the representation of different identities in the judiciary in the United States. The contributors investigate the pipeline, ambition, institutional inclusion, retention, and representation of groups previously excluded from federal, state, and local judiciaries. This study demonstrates how diversity on the bench improves the quality of justice, bolsters confidence in the legitimacy of the courts, and provides a vital voice in decision-making power for formerly disenfranchised populations.

    • Presents new data on justices elected or appointed
    • Explores substantive representation in the judiciary
    • Examines the concept of diversity
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This impressive volume advances scholarship on diversity in political institutions in novel and important ways. It is a must-read for judicial scholars and anyone interested in understanding how diversifying institutions affects the ways that institutions work and how they are perceived.' Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, Purdue University, Indiana

    'This volume makes a unique, timely, and important contribution to the discussion of identity politics and the US Judiciary. There are significant ramifications if our increasingly diverse population is not better reflected on the courts.' Christina Bejarano, University of Kansas

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108429887
    • length: 196 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 23 b/w illus. 15 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Qualification, selection, and retirement characteristics of women, minorities, and minority women state Supreme Court judges Nancy Bays Arrington
    2. Latinas and the Texas judiciary: the intersection of race, gender, and judiciary Sharon A. Navarro
    3. Structural and partisan influences on the ascension of women of color to state appellate courts Barbara L. Graham and Adriano Udani
    4. LGBT judges in the US Donald Haider-Markel and Patrick Gauding
    5. Race, gender, and the battle to seat Constance Baker Motley, the first black woman appoint to the federal bench Taneisha Nicole Means
    6. Diversity abound: will federal judicial appointees mirror a changing citizenry? Shenita Brazelton and LaTasha Chaffin
    7. Marked for excellence: race, gender, and the treatment of Supreme Court-worthy nominees to the US courts of appeals Lisa M. Holmes
    8. Navigating rising to the top: Justice Sotomayor Samantha L. Hernandez.

  • Editors

    Samantha L. Hernandez, San Antonio City Council
    Samantha L. Hernandez is Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students. She is co-editor of Latinas in American Politics: Changing and Embracing Political Tradition (2016). Her work has been featured in Politics and Gender, the New York Times, Bloomberg News, and Chronicle of Higher Education.

    Sharon A. Navarro, University of Texas, San Antonio
    Sharon A. Navarro is Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas, San Antonio. Her research interests focus on Latinos-as in American politics, women and politics, and race-ethnic, gender and public policy. She is co-editor of Latinas in American Politics (2016), The Roots of Latino Urban Agency (2013), and Latino Americans and Political Participation (2004). She is also co-author of Politicas: Latina Public Officials in Texas (2008) and author of Latina Legislator: Leticia Van De Putte and the Road to Leadership (2008).


    Nancy Bays Arrington, Sharon A. Navarro, Barbara L. Graham, Adriano Udani, Donald Haider-Markel, Patrick Gauding, Taneisha Nicole Means, Shenita Brazelton, LaTasha Chaffin, Lisa M. Holmes, Samantha L. Hernandez

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