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Judith A. Baer

Professor Emeritus
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Research Interests

Public Law
Feminist Jurisprudence


Dr. Judith A. Baer is a specialist in public law and feminist jurisprudence. She is the author of several books and articles. Our Lives Before the Law: Constructing a Feminist Jurisprudence (Princeton University Press) won the American Political Science Association’s Victoria Schuck Award for the best book on women and politics published in 1999. Her casebook, Constitutional and Legal Rights for Women, co-authored with Leslie Goldstein of the University of Delaware, was published in 2006. She has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. and a Fulbright Scholar in Istanbul, Turkey.

Dr. Baer was president of the Women’s Caucus for Political Science in 2002-2003. She was a member of the American Political Science Association Council from 2003 to 2005. Other professional activities include a term on the council of the Southwestern Political Science Association, a term as editor of the Women’s Caucus Political Science Quarterly, and service on the program committees of several national and regional associations. She has served on the editorial board of Women and Politics and is now series editor for the Greenwood Series in Reproductive Rights and Policy.

Prior to joining the Texas A&M University faculty, Dr. Baer taught at the State University of New York at Albany and the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate courses:

POLS 353 – Constitutional Rights and Liberties
POLS 355 – United States Constitutional Development
POLS 461 – Jurisprudence
POLS 462 – Women and the Law
POLS 685 – Directed Studies

Representative Publications

Ironic Freedom: Personal Choice, Public Policy, and the Politics of Reform (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013)