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Valerie Hoekstra

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Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3902
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3902
Biography

Valerie Hoekstra joined the ASU faculty in 2002 after teaching at Washington University in St. Louis. She received the MA and PhD from SUNY Stony Brook and her BA from California State University Long Beach.

Her research and teaching interests focus on judicial politics, especially judicial decision making, the effect of Supreme Court decisions on public opinion, state courts and state legislatures, reforms to state judicial systems, public evaluations of judicial nominees, and comparative research on the diversity on high/constitutional courts.

She is currently working on a book manuscript which examines why legislatures create independent judiciaries. The book draws up on changes to the selection, retention and tenure of high court judges in the American states from approximately 1850 to the present. This project has been funded by the National Science Foundation.

She is also working on a project looking at the promotion of women to constitutional and international courts abroad as well as experimental work on how the public evaluates judicial nominees.

She is the author of a Cambridge University Press book, Public Reaction to Supreme Court Decisions (2003) and has authored or co-authored articles in American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and American Politics Research.

 

Research Interests

Valerie Hoekstra joined the ASU faculty in 2002 after teaching at Washington University in St. Louis. She received the MA and PhD from SUNY Stony Brook and her BA from California State University Long Beach.

Her research and teaching interests focus on judicial politics, especially judicial decision making, the effect of Supreme Court decisions on public opinion, state courts and state legislatures, reforms to state judicial systems, public evaluations of judicial nominees, and comparative research on the diversity on high/constitutional courts.

She is currently working on a book manuscript which examines why legislatures create independent judiciaries. The book draws up on changes to the selection, retention and tenure of high court judges in the American states from approximately 1850 to the present. This project has been funded by the National Science Foundation.

She is also working on a project looking at the promotion of women to constitutional and international courts abroad as well as experimental work on how the public evaluates judicial nominees.

She is the author of a Cambridge University Press book, Public Reaction to Supreme Court Decisions (2003) and has authored or co-authored articles in American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and American Politics Research.

 

 

Publications
  • Hoekstra, Valerie J. "Increasing the Gender Diversity of High Courts: A Comparative View". Politics & Gender. 6(3): 474-484 (2010).
  • Valerie Hoekstra. Competing Constraints: Sate Supreme Court Reaction to Supreme Court Decisions. Political Research Quarterly (2005).
  • Valerie Hoekstra, Timothy Johnson. Delaying Justice: The Supreme Court's Decision to Hear Rearguments. Political Research Quarterly (2003).
  • Hoekstra, Valerie. Public Reaction to Supreme Court Decisions. (2003).
  • Valerie Hoekstra and Nicholas LaRowe. On and Off the Supreme Court Beat: Differences in Newspaper Coverage of the Supreme Court and the Implications for Public Support. Covering the Court in the Digital Age (0).
  • Valerie Hoekstra, Miki Caul Kittilson, and Elizabeth Andrews. Gender, High Courts, and Ideas about Representation. Representation: The Case of Women (0).
Research Activity
  • Kittilson,Miki Caul*, Hoekstra,Valerie. Collaborative Research: Diffusing Equality: International Influences on Womens Appointment to High Courts. NSF-SES(8/15/2013 - 8/31/2016).
  • Hoekstra,Valerie*. State Leg. Reforms to the Selection, Retention and Tenure of State High Court Judges: The Role of Larger Reform Efforts and Political Uncertainty. NSF-SBE(4/1/2006 - 5/31/2008).
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 270American Legal System
POS 315The Supreme Court
POS 590Reading and Conference
POS 599Thesis
POS 790Reading and Conference
POS 792Research
POS 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 315The Supreme Court
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 305Politics and Film
POS 472Constitutional Law II
POS 493Honors Thesis
POS 599Thesis
POS 792Research
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 315The Supreme Court
POS 471Constitutional Law I
POS 590Reading and Conference
POS 592Research
POS 790Reading and Conference
POS 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 315The Supreme Court
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 471Constitutional Law I
POS 472Constitutional Law II
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 315The Supreme Court
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 270American Legal System
POS 472Constitutional Law II
POS 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 315The Supreme Court
POS 471Constitutional Law I
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 315The Supreme Court
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 472Constitutional Law II
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 270American Legal System
POS 315The Supreme Court
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 370Law and Society
POS 394Special Topics
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 498Pro-Seminar
POS 638Law and Politics
Presentations
  • Miki Calu Kittilson, Valerie Hoektra, Maria Escobar-Lemmon, and Alice Kang. Just the facts? Cross-Regional Differences in Media Coverage of: Male and Female Supreme Court Nominees. American Political Science Association (Aug 2014).
  • Valerie Hoekstra and Elizabeth Andrews. The Selection of Women on Constitutional Courts: The Impact of Judicial Selection Mechanisms and Party Quotas on Court Composition. American Political Science Association Annual Conference (Sep 2009).
  • Valerie Hoekstra. Political Uncertainty and Judicial Reform in American State High Courts. Midwest Political Science Association (Apr 2009).
  • Hoekstra, Valerie. Legislative Changes to the Selection of State High Court Judges. American Political Science Association (Aug 2006).
  • Hoekstra, Valerie. Public Opinion and the Courts. American Political Science Association (Aug 2006).
  • Hoekstra, Valerie. Legislative Changes to the Selection of State High Court Judges. Political Science Discussion Series, Binghamton University, State University of New York (May 2006).
  • Hoekstra, Valerie. Political Uncertainty, Reform Movements and Judicial Independence. Midsest Political Science Association (Apr 2006).
  • Hoekstra, Valerie. Courts and the Polity. Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association (May 2005).
  • Hoekstra, Valerie. The Politics of Judicial Selection: Switching from Partisan to Nonpartisan Judges. Midwest Political Science Association (Apr 2005).
  • Hoekstra, Valerie. Competing Constraints: State Court Reactions to Supreme Court Decisions. University of Arizona Political Science Colloquium Series (Oct 2004).
  • Hoekstra, Valerie. Competing Constraints: State Court Responses to Supreme Court Decisions and Legislation on Wages a. Midwest Political Science Association
Service
  • ASU Constitution Day Public Lecture, Speaker (2014 - Present)
  • American Politics Search Committee, Chair (2014 - Present)
  • Journal of Politics, reviewer (2014 - Present)
  • Law and Society Review, reviewer (2014 - Present)
  • Political Behavior, reviewer (2014 - Present)
  • School of Politics and Global Studies Advisory Committee, Member (2014 - Present)
  • Political Science Advisory Committee, Member (2013 - Present)
  • Journal of Politics, Editorial Board Member (2013 - Present)
  • Journal of Politics, Book Review Editor (2013 - Present)
  • National Science Foundation, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • Political Institutions Search Committee, Chair (2010 - Present)
  • Congress and the Presidency, Ad hoc Reviewer (2009 - Present)
  • Political Research Quarterly, Ad hoc Reviewer (2009 - Present)
  • Journal of Law Economics and Organization, Ad hoc reviewer (2008 - Present)
  • Political Behavior, Ad hoc Reviewer (2008 - Present)
  • Political Communication, Ad hoc Reviewer (2008 - Present)
  • Political Communication, Ad hoc Reviewer (2008 - Present)
  • Social Science Quarterly, Ad hoc reviewer (2008 - Present)
  • Journal of Politics, Ad hoc reviewers (2006 - Present)
  • State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Ad Hoc reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • Journal of Public Administration, Research, and Theory, Ad Hoc reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • American Politics Research, Ad hoc Reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • National Sicence Foundation, Ad hoc Reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • Political Psychology, Reviewer (2005 - Present)
  • Pre Law, Advisor (2002 - Present)
  • Journal of Politics, Book Review Editor (2014 - 2014)
  • APSA Law and Courts Section Best Book Award Committee, Chair (2013 - 2013)
  • Pre-Law Advisor, Advisor (2010 - 2011)
  • Chair's Advisory Committee, Elected Member (2010 - 2011)
  • Journal of Politics, Book Review Editor (2006 - 2011)
  • Chair's Advisory Committee, Member (2009 - 2010)
  • Graduate Committee, Member (2009 - 2010)
  • Undergraduate Committee, Member (2009 - 2010)
  • Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association-Lifetime Achievment Award Comm., Member (2009 - 2009)
  • National Science Foundation, Advisory Panel (2007 - 2009)
  • Arizona Foundation for Legal Services: We the People Summer institute, Presenter (2009 - 2009)
  • Barrett Honors College, Department Liasion (2008 - 2008)
  • Chair's Advisory Committee, Member (2006 - 2008)
  • Undergraduate Committee, Director (2006 - 2008)
  • Midwest Political Science Association, Section Organizer (2006 - 2007)
  • American Journal of Political Science, ad hoc reviewer (2007 - 2007)
  • Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association, Member, McGraw Hill Award Committee (2006 - 2006)
  • Graduate Committee, member (2006 - 2006)
  • Graduate Committee, Member (2004 - 2006)
  • Law and Courts Newsletter, Editorial Board (2004 - 2004)
  • American Journal of Political Science, Reviewer (2004)
  • American Political Science Review, Reviewer (2004)
  • Midwest Political Science Association, Chair/Discussant (2004)
  • The Journal of Politics, Reviewer (2004)
  • The National Science Foundation, Reviewer (2004)
  • Western Political Science Association, Section Organizer/Law and Courts (2004)
  • Civic Engagement Search Committee, Member (2003 - 2004)
  • American Politics Review, Reviewer (2003)
  • Civic Engagement Search Committee, Member (2003)
  • Graduate Committee, Member (2003)
  • Information Technology Search Committee, Member (2003)
  • Journal of Politics, Reviewer (2003)
  • National Science Foundation, Reviewer (2003)
  • Political Behavior, Reviewer (2003)
  • Pre Law, Advisor (2003)
  • Undergraduate Committee, Member (2003)