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Susan Haire

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Director, Criminal Justice Studies Program
Professor of Political Science

Dr. Haire is a UGA alumna, with a bachelor’s degree in political science.  In 1995, after earning a PhD from the University of South Carolina, she was recruited by CJ director Dr. Talarico to return to UGA’s political science department.  Over the past three decades, she has taught research methods to scores of criminal justice majors.  In addition to leading a course on the practice of criminal justice, she supervises internships and teaches an undergraduate course on gender, law, and politics.  She has received national awards for mentoring, including the Erika Fairchild award in 2011 and APSA’s Law and Courts’ section award in 2016.

Supported by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation, Haire’s research focuses on policy making in the US Courts of Appeals with publications in a range of social science journals and edited volumes.  Her projects frequently focus on judicial diversity in these courts, including a book with Dr. Laura Moyer, Diversity Matters (UVA Press).  With Professors Moyer (University of Louisville), John Szmer (UNC-Charlotte), and Rob Christensen (BYU), Haire is currently working on a manuscript that examines judicial opinion writing and the impostor syndrome.

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