Claire Wofford joined the Department of Political Science in January 2012. Her teaching and research interests are in the field of American politics, with a particular emphasis on the U.S. legal system and the role of race, class, and gender in structuring political power. She offers courses on American Government, the Judiciary, Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, and Gender and the Law at the undergraduate level.
Wofford earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Emory University in December 2011. She also holds a J.D. from Duke University School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College. Her dissertation, funded in part by the National Science Foundation, examines the selection of legal rules by the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. Her current research focuses on how ideological, jurisprudential, and institutional concerns affect the doctrine promulgated by the Court. She is also researching how the gender of litigants influences their decision to seek remedies through the legal system.
Ph.D., Emory University
J.D., Duke University School of Law
B.A., Wellesely College
Field of Specialization: U.S. legal system and the role of race, class, and gender in structuring political power.