Rebecca Gill is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and she earned a B.A. in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy from James Madison College at Michigan State University. She earned an additional degree in Psychology from the College of Social Science at Michigan State University. After several years of graduate work at the University of North Texas, she returned to Michigan State University, where she earned a Ph.D. in Political Science in 2008. Her dissertation, Why Do High Court Judges Join? Joining Behavior and Australia’s Seriatim Tradition, analyzed the effects of institutional tradition on the decisionmaking behavior on Australia’s highest court. Prior to joining the UNLV faculty in 2008, she was a visiting professor at Clark University in Worcester, MA.
Dr. Gill’s recent research focuses on judges and judicial institutions in the United States. She is the recipient of a multi-year National Science Foundation grant to study gender and race bias in performance evaluations of state judges. She is working on collaborative research with colleagues from UNLV’s Boyd School of Law involving judicial decision making in immigration appeals on the U.S. Courts of Appeals. Dr. Gill’s research interests also include state law, state judicial selection and comparative judicial institutions and behavior. In addition to this, she is heavily involved in issues of gender and intersectional equity on campus. She is currently working on an interdisciplinary team at UNLV to prepare a proposal to the NSF’s ADVANCE-IT Catalyst program to combat implicit and institutional bias against women in the STEM disciplines.
Dr. Gill is the co-author of Judicialization of Politics: The Interplay of Institutional Structure, Legal Doctrine, and Politics on the High Court of Australia (Carolina Academic Press, 2012). Her work has also appeared in the Law & Society Review, the Ohio State Law Journal, Catholic University Law Review, Justice System Journal, and Judicature. Her work has been featured in a number of popular outlets, like the Washington Post, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, and the Empirical Legal Studies Blog.
The courses Dr. Gill teaches are mostly about law and courts. She teaches a number of classes from the Political Science Department’s Constitutional Law series, including the the Rights of Women, First Amendment, and the Rights of the Criminally Accused. She also teaches a course on the American Judicial Process and a freshman seminar on Law & Society. In the graduate program, she teaches seminars in quantitative research methods and law & courts. She is also the Coordinator of the Social Science Methods Certificate program at UNLV.