Associate Professor of Political Science Thomas P. and M. Jean Lauth Public Affairs ProfessorCourtesy appointment, School of Law

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Christina L. Boyd is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Thomas P. and M. Jean Lauth Public Affairs Professor. Her research focuses on the quantitative examination of judges and litigants in federal courts, judicial diversity, and the intersection of courts and the bureaucracy in American politics.

  • Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis 2009, Political Science
  • A.M., Washington University in St. Louis 2006, Political Science
  • J.D., Wake Forest University 2004, Law
  • B.A., University of Florida 2001, Political Science
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Professor Boyd’s work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and has appeared in Oxford University Press and leading political science and law journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, Northwestern University Law Review, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and Law & Society Review. Professor Boyd’s research has been discussed in media outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek, and National Public Radio.

Areas of Expertise
  • Judges and judicial politics
  • Law and politics
  • American political institutions
  • Empirical legal studies
  • Law and economics
  • Trial courts
  • Litigation
  • Settlement
  • Prosecutors
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Gender and judging
  • Administrative law and bureaucracy
Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • School of Public and International Affairs Excellence in Research Award, University of Georgia, 2020-2021.
  • Lauth Teaching Award, Department of Political Science, University of Georgia, 2019-2020.
  • School of Public and International Affairs Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Georgia, 2019.
  • Graduate School Outstanding Mentoring Award, Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Georgia, 2018.
  • Lisa Hertel Memorial Political Science Teaching Award, University at Buffalo, SUNY, 2012-2013.
  • 2008 Pi Sigma Alpha Award for the best paper delivered at the 2007 meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association for “Untangling the Causal Effects of Sex on Judging.
  • Association of Women Faculty of Washington University 2007-2008 Graduate Student Award
  • Antoinette Dames Prize for Outstanding Graduate Level Class Paper, 2008. Department of Political Science, Washington University.
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention (2006)
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Boyd, Christina L., Paul M. Collins, Jr., and Lori A. Ringhand. Supreme Bias? Gender and Race in U.S. Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings. Under Contract, Stanford University Press.

Boyd, Christina L., Michael J. Nelson, Ian Ostrander, and Ethan D. Boldt. The Politics of Federal Prosecution. Oxford University Press. 2021.

Boyd, Christina L., Pauline T. Kim, and Margo Schlanger. 2020. “Mapping the Iceberg: The Impact of Data Sources on the Study of District Courts.” Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 17(3): 466-492.

Boyd, Christina L., Paul M. Collins, Jr., and Lori A. Ringhand. 2018. “The Role of Nominee Gender and Race at U.S. Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings.” Law & Society Review 52: 871-901.

Barnett, Kent, Christina L. Boyd, and Christopher J. Walker. 2018. “Administrative Law’s Political Dynamics.” Vanderbilt Law Review 71: 1463-1526.

Boyd, Christina L. 2016. “Representation on the Courts? The Effects of Trial Judges’ Sex and Race.” Political Research Quarterly 69: 788-799.

Boyd, Christina L. 2015. “The Hierarchical Influence of Courts of Appeals on District Courts.” Journal of Legal Studies 44(1): 113-141.

Boyd, Christina L. 2013. “She’ll Settle It?” Journal of Law and Courts 1(2): 193-219.

Boyd, Christina L. and David A. Hoffman. 2013. “Litigating Toward Settlement.” Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization. 29(4): 898-929.

Boyd, Christina L., Lee Epstein, and Andrew D. Martin. 2010. “Untangling the Causal Effects of Sex on Judging.” American Journal of Political Science. 54(2): 389-411.


National Science Foundation Grant SES-1626932. Principal Investigator. “How Social Security Administration Appeals Fare in the Federal Trial Courts.” Law and Social Sciences and Science of Organizations Programs. 2016-2019. (Co-Principal Investigators Scott H. Ainsworth and Michael S. Lynch).

National Science Foundation Grant SES-1729077. Principal Investigator. “Doctoral Dissertation Research: The People and Process of Federal Criminal Cases.” Law and Social Sciences Program. 2017-2018. Graduate Advisee: Ethan Boldt.

Faculty Research Grant in the Sciences. “Policy Making in the Federal District Courts.” University of Georgia Research Foundation.

Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, Annual Research Grant, University at Buffalo, SUNY. 2012-2013; 2011-2012; 2010-2011; 2009-2010.

National Science Foundation Grant SES-0818751. “Doctoral Dissertation Research: Placing Federal District Courts in the Judicial Hierarchy.” 2008. Graduate Advisor: Andrew D. Martin