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University of Nevada, Las Vegas
judicial elections, judicial selection, judicial behavior, gender and judging, implicit bias, gender bias
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About Me

Dr. Gill’s recent research focuses on judges and judicial institutions in the United States. She is the recipient of a multi-year National Science Foundation grant to study gender and race bias in performance evaluations of state judges. She is working on collaborative research with colleagues from UNLV’s Boyd School of Law involving judicial decision making in immigration appeals on the U.S. Courts of Appeals. Dr. Gill’s research interests also include state law, state judicial selection and comparative judicial institutions and behavior. In addition to this, she is heavily involved in issues of gender and intersectional equity on campus. She is currently working on an interdisciplinary team at UNLV to prepare a proposal to the NSF’s ADVANCE-IT Catalyst program to combat implicit and institutional bias against women in the STEM disciplines.

Recent Publications

Gill, Rebecca D., Jelen, Ted. G. 2015. “The Religion Clauses in the 21st Century: The Supreme Court Loosens its Grip,” in McGraw, B. A., ed., Companion to Religion and Politics in the United States. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing, forthcoming.

Damore, David F. and Rebecca D. Gill. 2015. ” Swing State Politics in the Silver State.” In David A. Schultz and Stacey Hunter Hecht (eds.) Swing-State Politics and Presidential Elections. Lexington Books. ISBN: 978-0-7391-9524-6.

Gill, Rebecca D. and Kenneth J. Retzl. 2014. “The JPE Commission: Toward a More Transparent and Informative Evaluation.” Judicature 98(1):26-34.

Gill, Rebecca D.  2014. “Implicit Bias in Judicial Performance Evaluations: We Must Do Better Than This.” Justice System Journal 35(3):271-294.

Kagan, Michael, Fatma Marouf, and Rebecca D. Gill. 2014. “Buying Time? False Assumptions About Abusive Appeals.” Catholic University Law Review 63:679-728.

Marouf, Fatma, Michael Kagan, and Rebecca D. Gill. 2014. “Justice on the Fly: The Danger of Errant Deportations,”Ohio State Law Journal 75:337-404.

Gill, Rebecca D. 2013. “Beyond High Hopes and Unmet Expectations: Judicial Selection Reforms in the States” Judicature, 96(6):278-93.

Sheehan, Reginald. S., Gill, Rebecca D., Randazzo, Kirk. 2012. Judicialization of Politics: The Interplay of Institutional Structure, Legal Doctrine, and Politics on the High Court of Australia. Carolina Academic Press. ISBN: 978-1-61163-207-1.

Gill, Rebecca D., Sylvia Lazos, and Mallory M. Waters. 2011. “Are Judicial Performance Evaluations Fair to Women and Minorities? A Cautionary Tale from Clark County, Nevada.” Law and Society Review, 45(3):731-760.

Media Coverage

2016. “Rebecca Gill Analyzes the GOP Nevada Caucus.” The Hard Line, Newsmax TV. February 23.

2016. “8 News Now: 4 o’Clock News.” Televised Interview. Las Vegas, NV. January 19.

2016. “Diversity and the Judicial Selection Process: Ensuring a Judiciary that Reflects the People it Serves.” Invited Panelist. National Bar Association Mid-Winter Conference, Las Vegas, NV. January 14.

2015. “Faint Praise: Gender and the CHoice of Positive Adjectives in Performance Appraisals.” UNLV Sociology Brownbag Series, October 22.

2015. “UNLV Research Files.” Episode 301. UNLV TV. Television interview.

2015. “Talk Talk: Empirical and Methodological Insights from Interviewing Judges.” Roundtable Speaker. Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA. September 1-5.

2015. “A Stay on Deportations.” The Washington Post. August 2. (with Fatma Marouf and Michael Kagan).

2015. “Diversity in the Judiciary.” Invited panelist. Legal Inclusiveness and Diversity Summit. Center for Legal Inclusiveness. Denver, CO. May 4.

2014. “Justice at Risk: Research Opportunities and Policy Alternatives Regarding State Judicial Selection.” Invited conference participant. Conference co-sponsored by Vanderbilt Law School, the American Judicature Society, and the American Constitution Society. Nashville, TN. March 20-21.

2014. “Implicit Bias and Judging Judges.” Invited presentation to the Howard D. McKibben American Inn of Court. Las Vegas, NV. March 11.

2014. “How Gay Marriage May Get Decided.” Interview on KNPR’s State of Nevada. January 30.

2014. “‘Judging the Judges’ Tilts Against Women.” Author of op-ed in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. January 13.

2011. “UNLV Faculty on Budget Cuts.” Invited roundtable participant on KNPR’s State of Nevada. March 3.

2010. “A Matter of Fairness: Survey reveals unconscious bias against female judges.” Coauthor of 0p-ed in the Las Vegas Review-Journal (with Sylvia R. Lazos). May 16.

2010. “Judging the Judges 2010: Survey raises questions about women on the bench.” Doug McMurdo, Las Vegas Review-Journal. Interview. May 5.

2010. “How should we evaluate our judges for the voters at election time?” Thomas Mitchell, Las Vegas Review-Journal. Interview. Feburary 23.

2010. “Gender and Race Bias in the Proposed Judicial Performance Evaluations.” Guest Speaker and Report Coauthor (with Sylvia R. Lazos), Nevada Supreme Court Article VI Subcommittee on Judicial Performance Evaluations. Las Vegas, NV. February 10

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U.S., Australia

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