Rebecca Gill

Associate Professor, Political Science
Director, Women's Research Institute of Nevada
Expertise: Gender and race bias, Elections, Women and politics, Judicial selection, Judicial decision-making, American courts, American constitutional law & policy, Nevada courts, Nevada politics, Intersectionality , the #MeToo movement, equity in higher education

Biography

 

Rebecca Gill brings a decidedly interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to understanding important social issues involving law, courts, and social norms. Gill is an expert on judges, judicial selection, and race and gender bias. She is an engaging speaker with experience presenting to a wide range of audiences, including via radio and television. As the Director of the Women's Research Institute of Nevada, she is particularly excited to talk about the wide range of research about gender, women, and girls. Gill's story about her own experience with sexual harassment in academia has gained national media attention, so she has both professional and personal experience with the #MeToo movement.

Gill is the recipient of a multi-year National Science Foundation grant to investigate implicit bias in judicial performance evaluations. She is also working on other research involving gender, courts, and politics, including the role of masculinity and social norms on the selection and behavior of judges American courts.

Gill's research has appeared in the Law & Society Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, the Ohio State Law JournalState Politics & Policy Quarterly, the Journal of Women, Politics, and PolicyPolitics, Groups, & Identities, and a number of other high profile scholarly journals. Gill is the co-author of Judicialization of Politics: The Interplay of Institutional Structure, Legal Doctrine, and Politics on the High Court of Australia. Her work has also been featured in popular outlets like the Washington Post, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, and the Empirical Legal Studies Blog.

 

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Rebecca Gill In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
November 21, 2019
Southern Nevada voters won’t head to the polls for a general election until next November, but it’s wise to stay educated about potential issues and candidates. While information on those seeking national and statewide office is often readily available, voters have far fewer resources when it comes to down-ticket contests, particularly judicial races.
El Tiempo
November 19, 2019
In sports, a player who is not performing well is sent to the bench. But in Nevada court, local and state judges can remain in office for about six years at a time, regardless of whether they seem to be working well or not.
Las Vegas Review Journal
November 15, 2019
Here is the 2019 Judicial Performance Evaluation’s full report, prepared for the Las Vegas Review-Journal by Rebecca Gill and Nancy Downey on behalf of the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada.
Las Vegas Review Journal
November 15, 2019
Only one municipal judge serves all of North Las Vegas, and he is tasked with handling cases that range from traffic violations to the collection of unpaid utility bills.

Articles Featuring Rebecca Gill

Constitution
Campus NewsSeptember 9, 2016
Boyd School of Law professors discuss presidential powers and UNLV's upcoming Constitution Day event.