Professor of Political Science

Curriculum Vitae

Susan Haire is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Criminal Justice Studies Program.  Prior to receiving her PhD in political science from the University of South Carolina, she earned a bachelor’s degree from UGA and an MPA from the University of West Florida.   Dr. Haire joined UGA’s Department of Political Science in 1995 where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on American courts, gender, and research methods.  Her research examines policy making in the US Courts of Appeals with a focus on judicial diversity.

Education
  • Ph.D., University of South Carolina 1993, Political Science
  • M.P.A., University of West Florida 1985
  • B.A, University of Georgia 1982, Political Science
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Haire has received  three grants from the National Science Foundation for her research on federal courts.  With Laura Moyer, Haire is the author of “Diversity Matters: Judicial Policy Making on the U.S. Courts of Appeals” (University of Virginia Press, 2015).  In 2000, Haire, along with Donald Songer and Reggie Sheehan published Continuity and Change on the United States Courts of Appeals (University of Michigan).  She has published works in a variety of social science and law journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Journal of Law and Courts, Judicature, and Law and Society Review.

In 2007, Haire was appointed to a two-year term as the Law and Social Science Program Director for the National Science Foundation.  She also taught in UGA’s Washington Semester program from 2008 through 2011.  Haire has directed nine dissertations; her students have gone on to faculty positions at the University of Vermont, Utah University, University of Louisville, Catawba College, Kennesaw State and Western Carolina University.

Areas of Expertise
  • Judicial politics
  • Lower federal courts
  • Diversity and decision making
Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • Recipient of the APSA’s Law and Courts Section Teaching and Mentoring Award, 2016
  • Recipient of the Erika Fairchild Award, presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association in New Orleans, LA.
  • Recipient of J. Hatten Howard Award (1998) for honors instructors who show promise in their early careers as teachers
  • Edward C. Corwin Award (co-winner 1994), for best doctoral dissertation in the field of public law (sponsored by the APSA)
  • Program director, National Science Foundation, Law and Science Program, 2007-2009
  • Collaborative research: Judicial Diversity and Appellate Decision Making. $33,107 from the National Science Foundation, Law and Social Science Program. 2017. Award no. 1654697. (co-PIs Laura Moyer, University of Louisville, John Szmer, UNC-Charlotte, Rob Christensen, BYU, total project award: $280,326 ) $2,500 REU Supplement, 2018.
  • Collaborative research: Extending the Multi-User Database of decisions of the U.S. Courts of Appeals.  Awarded $115,632 from the National Science Foundation, Law and Social Science Program, 2003-2005 (co-PI Ashlyn Kuersten, Western Michigan University).
  • Appellate Advocacy and Judicial Decision Making in the U.S. Courts of Appeals, awarded $49,655 from the National Science Foundation, Law and Social Science Program, 1999-2001.
  • Integrating Models of Appellate Court Decision Making, awarded $5,698 from the Faculty Research Grants Program (funded by the University of Georgia Research Foundation), 1996.
Affiliations
  • Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) leadership:

Program Chair, 2021. Member, leadership team: Vice President-elect (2019), Vice President (2020), President-elect, President, Past-President (exp: 2023-2025)

Research Interests
  •  Research: Judicial Decision Making; Lower Federal Courts, Identity Politics
Selected Publications

Books

  • Susan B. Haire and Laura P. Moyer. 2015. Diversity Matters: Judicial Policymaking on the U.S. Courts of Appeals.  Charlottesville, VA:  University of Virginia Press.
  • Donald R. Songer, Reginald S. Sheehan, Susan B. Haire. 2000. Continuity and Change on the United States Courts of Appeals. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Refereed Journals

  • Laura Moyer and Susan Haire. 2015. “Trailblazers and Those That Followed: Personal Experiences, Gender, and Judicial Empathy.” Law and Society Review 3:665-690.
  • Susan Haire, Barry Edwards, and David Hughes. 2013. “The Voting Behavior of Obama’s Appointees.” Judicature.
  • Susan Haire, Laura Moyer, and Shawn Treier. 2013.  “Crafting Law on the the US Courts of Appeals: Does Diversity Make a Difference?” Journal of Law and Courts 1:303.
  • Laura Moyer, Todd Collins, and Susan Haire. 2013. “The Value of Precedent: Appellate Briefs and Judicial Opinions in the U.S. Courts of Appeals” Justice System Journal 34: 62.
  • Lisa Holmes, Rorie Solberg, and Susan Haire. 2012. “Neither Gone nor Forgotten:  The Impact of Senior Status Judges on the U.S. Courts of Appeals.” Judicature 95(5):227-236.
  • Erin Kaheny, Susan Haire, and Sara Benesh. 2008. “Change over Tenure: Voting, Variance, and Decision making on the U.S. Courts of Appeals.”  American Journal of Political Science 52: 490-503.
  • Stefanie Lindquist, Susan B. Haire, and Donald Songer. 2007. “Supreme Court Auditing of the U.S. Courts of Appeals:  An Organizational Perspective.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 17:607-624.
  • Rorie Spill-Solberg, Jolly Emrey, and Susan B. Haire. 2006. “Inter-court dynamics and the Development of Legal Policy: Citation Patterns in the Decisions of the U.S. Courts of Appeals.” Policy Studies Journal  34: 277-293.
  • Susan B. Haire, Stefanie Lindquist, and Donald Songer. 2003. “Appellate Court Supervision in the Federal Judiciary: A Hierarchical Perspective,” Law and Society Review 37: 143-168.
  • Susan B. Haire, Martha Anne Humphries, and Donald R. Songer. 2001. “ Decision Making by Clinton’s appointees to the U.S. Courts of Appeals.” Judicature 84: 274-281.
  • Susan B. Haire. 2001. “Rating the ratings of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary.” Justice System Journal 22: 1-17.
  • Donald R. Songer, Reginald Sheehan, and Susan B. Haire. 1999. “Do the Haves come out ahead over time? Applying Galanter’s Framework to decisions of the U.S. Courts of Appeals, 1925-1988.” Law and Society Review 33.811-832. Reprinted in In Litigation:  Do the ‘Haves’ Still Come out Ahead ed. Herbert M. Kritzer and Susan S. Silbey, Stanford University Press (2003)pp. 85-107
  • Susan B. Haire, Stefanie Lindquist, and Roger Hartley 1999. Attorney Expertise, Litigant Success, and Judicial Decision Making in the U.S. Courts of Appeals.” Law and Society Review 33:667-685.
  • Susan Haire and Stefanie Lindquist. 1997.”An Agency and Twelve Courts: Social Security Disability Cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals. Judicature 80:230-236.
  • Susan Haire, Gerard S. Gryski, Gary Zuk, and Deborah J. Barrow. 1994. “An Intercircuit Profile of Judges on the U.S. Courts of Appeals.” Judicature 78: 101-103.
  • Donald R. Songer, Sue Davis, and Susan Haire. 1994. “A Re-Appraisal of Diversification in the Federal Courts: Gender Effects in the Courts of Appeals.” Journal of Politics  56: 425-439. Reprinted in Gendering American Politics ed. Karen O’Connor, Sarah Brewer, and Michael Fisher, Addison Wesley Longman (2005).
  • Sue Davis, Susan Haire, Donald R. Songer. 1993. “Gender Effects in the Voting of Judges in the United States Courts of Appeals.” Judicature 77: 129-133. Reprinted in Judicial Politics:  Readings from Judicature ed. Elliot Slotnick, CQ Press (2005)
  • Donald R. Songer and Susan Haire. 1992. “Integrating Alternative Approaches to the Study of Judicial Voting: Obscenity Cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals.” American Journal of Political Science 36: 963-982

Other publications

  • Donald Songer and Susan Haire. Forthcoming. Access and Intermediate Appellate Courts. Oxford Handbook on American Judicial Behavior Ed. Lee Epstein and Stefanie Lindquist.
  • Susan Haire and Laura Moyer. Forthcoming. Gender and Judging. Oxford Research Encyclopedia.
  • Susan Haire. “Relations Among Courts.” 2008. Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics Ed. Keith E. Whittington, R. Daniel Kelemen, and Gregory A. Caldeira.
  • Erin B. Kaheny, Sara C. Benesh, and Susan B. Haire. 2008. “Career Stage and Decision Making on the Seventh Circuit:  A Comparative Analysis.” Southern Illinois University Law Journal 32: 509-525.
  • Susan B. Haire and Laura P. Moyer. 2008. “Advocacy through Briefs in the U.S. Courts of Appeals.” Southern Illinois University Law Journal 32: 593-610.
  • Susan B. Haire. 2006. “Judicial Selection and Decision Making in the Ninth Circuit.”Arizona Law Review 48: 267-285
  • Stefanie A. Lindquist and Susan B. Haire. 2006.  “Decision Making by an Agent with Multiple Principals: Environmental Policy in the U.S. Courts of Appeals.” in Institutional Games and the U.S. Supreme Court ed. James Rogers, Roy Flemming, and Jon Bond. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press.
  • Susan Haire.  2002. “South Carolina”, Legal Systems of the World  ed. Herbert Kritzer, ABC-CLIO.