Sarah Staszak received her PhD in Politics from Brandeis University and is an Associate Research Scholar in the Woodrow Wilson School. Her research and teaching interests are at the intersection of public law, policy, and American political development. She is the author of No Day in Court: Access to Justice and the Politics of Judicial Retrenchment (Oxford University Press, 2015; Co-Winner: J. David Greenstone Book Award, 2017), which examines the politics and implications of efforts to constrain access to courts and the legal system in response to the dramatic expansions of the Civil Rights era. Her current book project, Privatizing (In)Justice: Arbitration and Litigation Reform in the U.S. (under contract, University of Chicago Press), investigates the institutional development and politics of the expanding use of binding arbitration. Other ongoing research projects involve medical malpractice reform, provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act that protect the rights of the mentally ill, and the politics of informal bureaucratic rulemaking. Sarah was previously a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at Harvard University and a Brookings Institution Research Fellow in Governance Studies.

Selected Publications

Sarah Staszak, No Day in Court: Access to Justice and the Politics of Judicial Retrenchment (Studies in Postwar American Political Development, Oxford University Press, 2015), Co-Winner, J. David Greenstone Award, APSA

Sarah Staszak, “In the Shadow of Litigation: Arbitration and Medical Malpractice Reform” (Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Volume 44, Issue 2, April 2019).

Sarah Staszak, “The Administrative Role of the Chief Justice: Law, Politics, and Procedure in the Roberts Court Era” (Laws 2018, 7(2), 15).

Sarah Staszak, “Retrenching Access by Constraining Legal Aid,” in The Rights Revolution Revisited, Lynda Dodd, ed. (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Sarah Staszak, “Realizing the Rights Revolution: Litigation and the Administrative State,” Law & Social Inquiry 38 (Winter 2013).

Sarah Staszak, “Institutions, Rulemaking, and the Politics of Judicial Retrenchment,” Studies in American Political Development (October 2010).

Selected Honors and Awards

Co-Winner, J. David Greenstone Award, APSA, for No Day in Court: Access to Justice and the Politics of Judicial Retrenchment (2017)

Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research, Harvard University (2013-2015)

American Judicature Award, APSA, for "Institutions, Rulemaking, and the Politics of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure" (2010)