Vita

Updated August 2020 | Printable Version

Rebecca D. Gill

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

EDUCATION

  • 2008. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Ph.D. in Political Science
  • 1997-2000. University of North Texas, Denton, TX. Graduate Student in Political Science.
    • Fields of Study: Judicial Politics, Research Methodology, Political Theory
  • 1997. James Madison College, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. B.A., Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy.
    • Met requirements for additional B.A. in Psychology

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

  • 2015-present. Associate Professor of Political Science. University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV.
  • 2008-2015. Assistant Professor of Political Science. University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV.
  • 2006-2008. Visiting Professor of Government. Clark University, Worcester, MA.
  • 2006. Visiting Instructor, Political Science. Western Michigan University, Lansing Campus, Lansing, MI.
  • 2005-2006. Visiting Instructor, Political Science. Alma College, Alma, MI.

ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS

GRANTS AWARDED

  • National Science Foundation, ADVANCE Program. “ADVANCE Partnership: #MeTooPoliSci: Leveraging a Professional Association to Address Sexual Harassment in Political Science.” Principal Investigator (with Co-PIs Nadia Brown, Stella Rouse, and Elizabeth Sharrow). August 2019 – July 2022. [HRD: 1936045]. $1,000,794 ($340,010 at UNLV).
  • American Political Science Association, Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs, Special Projects Fund Grant. Co-Principal Investigator (with Co-PIs Nadia Brown, Jennifer Merolla, Melissa Michelson, Elizabeth Sharrow, Patricia Stapleton, and Dara Strolovitch)”#MeTooPoliSci: Addressing Gender Discrimination in Political Science.” July 2018 – June 2019. $25,000.
  • National Science Foundation, Law & Social Sciences Program. “Workshop: Facilitating Empirical Studies of Judicial Behavior on Constitutional Courts from a Comparative Perspective.” Co-Principal Investigator (with Nuno Garoupa (PI) and Lydia Tiede (Co-PI)). September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018.[SES: 1744299]. $86,130.
  • National Science Foundation, Law & Social Sciences Program. “Objective Measures and Implicit Bias in Evaluating Public Officials: Supplement. Principal Investigator. [SES 1354544]. September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2017. $33,603.
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Faculty Opportunity Award (with David Tanenhaus, PI). “Policy Diffusion and the Puzzle of Juvenile Justice Reform.” August 2016-August 2017. $28,544.
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas, Faculty Opportunity Award (with Michael Kagan and Fatma Marouf). “Gender, Judging, and Deportation: The Immigration Appeals Database Pilot Study.” July 2015-December 2016. $29,959. 
  • National Science Foundation, Law & Social Sciences Program. “Objective Measures and Implicit Bias in Evaluating Public Officials”. Principal Investigator. [SES 1354544]. March 1, 2014 – August 31, 2016. $171,000.
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas, Faculty Opportunity Award, “Assessing Judicial Performance Evaluations for Race and Gender Bias,”August 2012-August 2013. $19,486. 
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas, College of Liberal Arts Summer Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts. Summer 2009. $6,000.

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

CURRENT PROJECTS

Under Review

  • Garoupa, Nuno, Lydia Tiede, and Rebecca D. Gill, eds. “The Comparative Empirical Conundrum: Understanding High Court Behavior.” Book Manuscript Under Review.

Under Development

  • After the Judicial Revolution: How Regime Politics Constituted and Constrained the Gleeson Court. Manuscript Under Development. 
  • Courts and Politics in Cross-National Perspective. Manuscript Under Development.
  • The Double Bind. Manuscript Under Development.

PAPERS & PRESENTATIONS

  • Koval, Nicole and Rebecca D. Gill. 2019. “The Open Seat Conundrum: Women in Congressional Primaries.” Paper presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. Washington, DC. August 29-September 1.
  • Rebecca D. Gill and Christopher Zorn. 2019. “Overcoming the Barriers to Comparative Judicial Behavior Research.” Paper presented at the 2019 Interim Meeting of the International Political Science Association Research Committee 9 (Comparative Judicial Studies). Prato, Italy. July 24-26.
  • Rebecca D. Gill. 2019. “Implicit Bias or Outright Sexism? The Interactive Effect of Attorney and Judge Gender on Evaluations of Judges.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Austin, TX, January 17-19.
  • Rebecca D. Gill. 2018. “Strategic Departures: Retirements from the State Bench.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston, MA, August 30-September 2.
  • Rebecca D. Gill. 2018. “Strategic Departures: Retirements from the Bench in Alaska.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA, January 4-6.
  • Rebecca D. Gill and Maryam Stevenson. 2018. “Opinion Writing Traditions and Consensual Norms in Four National High Courts.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA, January 4-6.
  • Rebecca D. Gill. 2017. “Deconstructing Bias in the Retention Election Vote: An SEM Approach.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA, August 30-September 3.
  • Rebecca D. Gill. 2017. “Deconstructing Bias in the Retention Election Vote: A Multilevel Modeling Approach.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 6-9.
  • Eugenis, Kate and Rebecca D. Gill. 2017. “Competitive Advantage: Electing Women as Judges.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA, January 12-14.
  • Feldman, Adam and Rebecca D. Gill. 2017. “A Gender Monopoly on Limited Time: Justice-to-Justice Interruptions During Supreme Court Oral Arguments.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA, January 12-14.
  • Eugenis, Kate and Rebecca D. Gill. 2016. “All Press is Good Press: The News Media and the Incumbent Advantage in Judicial Elections.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 7-10.
  • Gill, Rebecca D., Michael Kagan, and Fatma Marouf. 2015. “Chivalry, Masculinity, and the Importance of Maleness to Judicial Decision Making.” Paper presented at the Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, St. Louis, MO. October 30-31.
  • Gill, Rebecca D. 2015. “Who Judges the Judges, and How?” Featured Presentation at the UNLV Academic Achievement Gala, Innovation Division. Las Vegas, NV. April 18.
  • Gill, Rebecca D. and Rafael Oganesyan. 2015. “The Ideal Judge: How Implicit Bias Shapes Assessment of State Judges.” Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association. Denver, CO. April 8-11.
  • Gill, Rebecca D., Michael Kagan, and Fatma Marouf. 2015. “Chivalry, Masculinity, and the Importance of Maleness to Judicial Decision Making.” Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association. Las Vegas, NV. April 2-4.
  • Gill, Rebecca D. and Rafael Oganesyan. 2015. “Judicial Performance Evaluation in Utah: Preliminary Findings.” Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association. Las Vegas, NV. April 2-4.
  • Pierce, Jason and Rebecca D. Gill. 2014. “Howard’s Court: Constituting and Constraining the High Court of Australia.” European Consortium of Political Research General Conference. Glasgow, UK. September 2-6.
  • Gill, Rebecca D., Fatma Marouf, and Michael Kagan. 2014 “Gendered Justice: New Empirical findings on the Impact of Gender on Immigration Appeals.” Workshop, William S. Boyd School of Law. Las Vegas, NV. May 1.
  • Gill, Rebecca D., Fatma Marouf, and Michael Kagan. 2014. “Rough Justice.” Featured Presentation at the UNLV Academic Achievement Gala, Collaborative Research Division. Las Vegas, NV. April 17.
  • Gill, Rebecca D. and Christian Jensen. 2014. “Vetoing Women: Coalition Politics, Gender, and European Court of Justice Nominations.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 3-6.
  • Gill, Rebecca D., Fatma Marouf, and Michael Kagan. 2014. “Gendered Justice: The Complex Relationship Between Gender-of-Judge, Gender-of-Attorney, and Gender-of-Litigant Effects in Immigration Appeals on the US Courts of Appeals.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 3-6.
  • Gill, Rebecca D. and Ted G. Jelen. 2013. “The Religion Clauses: RIP.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Gill, Rebecca D. and Kenneth J. Retzl. 2013. “The Cadillac of JPEs: Can Implicit Bias Be Mitigated by Performance Evaluation Design?” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Gill, Rebecca D. and Kenneth J. Retzl. 2013. “Implicit Gender Bias in State-Sponsored Judicial Performance Evaluations: A Preliminary Analysis of Colorado’s JPE System, 2002-2012.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Hollywood, CA.
  • Gill, Rebecca D. and Jason L. Mitchell. 2013. “The Blind Bargain: Removing the Plea Bargaining Blindfold with One Simple Reform.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Hollywood, CA.
  • Gill, Rebecca D. 2012. “Judicial Performance Evaluations as Biased and Invalid Measures: Why the ABA Guidelines are Not Good Enough.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Gill, Rebecca D. 2012. “Unconscious Bias in Judicial Performance Evaluations: Why the ABA Guidelines are Not Good Enough.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Portland, OR.
  • Gill, Rebecca D. 2012. “A Framework for Judicial Selection Research.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Gill, Rebecca D., Jason Pierce, and David Weiden. 2012. “The Gleeson Court as Counter-Reformation? Decision-Making Patterns in the High Court of Australia, 1998-2008.” Paper presented at the XII World Congress of Political Science (IPSA), Madrid, Spain.
  • Weiden, David, Rebecca D. Gill, and Jason Pierce. 2012. “Crimes and Misdemeanors: Judicial Decision Making in Criminal Cases at the High Court of Australia.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Boston, MA.
  • Gill, Rebecca D., Jason Pierce, and David Weiden. 2011. “Empirical and Legal Trends on the High Court of Australia.” Paper presented at the Southwest Political Science Association. New Orleans, LA. March 18.
  • Wood (Gill), Rebecca D., Sylvia R. Lazos, and Mallory M. Waters. 2010. “Sacrificing Diversity for ‘Quality’: How Judicial Performance Evaluations are Failing Women & Minorities.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA, April 1-3.
  • Wood (Gill), Rebecca D. 2010. “The High Court’s Agenda: More Interesting than it First Appears.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 22-25.
  • Pierce, Jason, David Weiden, and Rebecca D. Wood (Gill). 2010. “The Changing Role of the High Court of Australia.” Paper presented at the International Political Science Association Research Committee 09 Interim Meeting, Bologna, Italy, June 22.
  • Wood (Gill), Rebecca D. 2009. “The Fading Utility of the Australian Legalist Story: Using Social Background Theory to Explain Outcomes on the High Court.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2-6.
  • Wood (Gill), Rebecca D. 2008. “Institutional considerations in Locating Norms of Consensus: A Cross-National Investigation.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 3-6.
  • Wood (Gill), Rebecca D. 2007. “A Framework for Comparative Judicial Selection Research.” Paper presented at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 12-15..
  • Wood (Gill), Rebecca D. 2006. “Comparing Judicial Selection Systems in Common Law Democracies: Creating a Framework for Comparison.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 20-23.
  • Songer, Donald, Ann Clark, and Rebecca D. Wood (Gill). 2003. “The Effects of Judge Gender in Appellate Courts: A Comparative Cross-National Test.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, September 30.
  • Wood (Gill), Rebecca D. 2003. “Winning a de Novo Appeal: Explaining the Success of Criminal Appellants in New South Wales.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 3-6.
  • Wood (Gill), Rebecca D. 2002. “Dimensions of Decision Making: Determining the Complexity of Politics on the High Court of Australia.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Savannah, GA, November 7-9.
  • Wood (Gill), Rebecca D. 2001. “Using the Label Wisely: A Fresh Take on Political Sophistication and Partisan Cues.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Atlanta, GA, November 8.
  • Wood (Gill), Rebecca D. 2001. “Disagreement on the Australian High Court: Reconsidering the Legalist Model.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA, August 29- September 3.

RECENT EDITORIALS AND INVITED TALKS

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  • “The Role of Professional Societies in Addressing Misconduct.” Invited Panelist at the Faculty and Staff Sexual Misconduct (FASSM) Conference. Madison, WI, June 29-July 2.
  • “Visionary Women in Leadership.” Invited panelist at the Federally Employed Women-Western Region Training Program. Las Vegas, NV. April 30, 2019.
  • A Good Judge? Measurement and Mayhem in Judicial Performance Evaluation.” Brownbag Research Presentation to the Department of Political Science, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. April 12, 2019.
  • “Climate Creep: How Faculty Equity Impacts Student Success.” Invited speaker at the Department of Student Engagement and Success Workshop, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. April 12, 2019.
  • “Challenging the Myth: Toward Empathy in Law & Culture in the #MeToo Era.” Invited speaker at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. April 11, 2019.
  • Women, Leadership, and Social Justice.” Invited speaker and town hall event host. Vegas PBS. March 22, 2019.
  • Women’s Leadership.” 6th Annual Women’s Leadership Day Luncheon, Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Nevada. Leadership Speaker. September 21, 2018. 
  • It’s Not You. It’s Them.” Keynote Address to the UBTech 2018 Women in Technology Workshop. Las Vegas, NV. June 4, 2018.
  • The Status of Women in Nevada.” Keynote Address to the 13th Annual Nevada Women’s Hall of Fame. Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Nevada. March 16, 2018.
  • “Mentoring Across Genders.” Roundtable speaker. Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA. January 4-6, 2018.
  • “Women Running for Office.” Invited Speaker, November Breakfast Series. Emerge Nevada. November 16, 2017.
  • “Women Who Run for Office: Debunking the Conventional Wisdom.” Keynote address to the Status of Women Conference. Las Vegas, NV. March 7, 2017.
  • “Beyond High Hopes: The Puzzle of Judicial Selection in America.” Invited speaker. League of Women Voters, Las Vegas Valley. Las Vegas, NV. October 15, 2016.
  • “Using Logic Models to Conceptualize and Plan.” Invited speaker. UNLV Proposal Writing Institute. May 25, 2016.
  • “Filling the Information Vacuum: Judicial Performance Evaluation and Retention Elections.” Invited speaker. Department of Political Science, University of Binghamton, Binghamton, NY. May 6, 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, 2016.
  • “Faint Praise: Gender and the Choice of Positive Adjectives in Performance Appraisals.” UNLV Sociology Brownbag Series, October 22, 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. (with Fatma Marouf and Michael Kagan), August 2, 2015.
  • “Diversity in the Judiciary.” Invited panelist. Legal Inclusiveness and Diversity Summit. Center for Legal Inclusiveness. Denver, CO. May 4, 2015.

SELECTED HONORS AND FELLOWSHIPS

  • Nominee, American Political Science Association Council. 2019.
  • Women’s Caucus for Political Science Jane Mansbridge Award Recipient. 2019.
  • Faculty Fellow, Black Mountain Institute-College of Liberal Arts Humanities Fellowship Program. University of Nevada Las Vegas. 2015-2016.
  • Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Law, Australian National University. 2003.

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