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University of Louisville
gender, race, judging, U.S. courts of appeals, circuit courts, federal courts
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My research primarily focuses on understanding how federal judges make decisions, and how influences like gender, race, and group composition affect the process and outcome of decision making. Another area of research focuses on how legal rules and doctrines are developed and how they “travel” from one court setting to another.  Most of my work focuses on the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the federal circuit courts.

Recent Publications

“Trailblazers and Those That Followed: Personal Experiences, Gender, and Judicial Empathy.” With Susan Haire. 2015. Law and Society Review 49(3): 665-689.

Diversity Matters: Judicial Policymaking in the U.S. Courts of Appeals. With Susan B. Haire. Book manuscript. University of Virginia Press.  2015.

Haire, Susan, Laura Moyer, and Shawn Treier. 2013. “Diversity, Deliberations, and Judicial Opinion Writing.” Journal of Law and Courts 1(2):  303-330.

Moyer, Laura. 2013. “Rethinking Critical Mass in the Federal Appellate Courts.” Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy 34(1): 49-71.

Moyer, Laura and Holley Tankersley.  2012. “Judicial Innovation and Sexual Harassment Doctrine in the U.S. Courts of Appeals.” Political Research Quarterly 65(4):  784-798.

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