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Rebecca Gill

Associate Professor, Political Science

Director, Women's Research Institute of Nevada

Expertise: Interdisciplinarity, Gender and race bias, Performance evaluation, Elections, Women and politics, Judicial selection, Judicial decision-making, American courts, American constitutional law & policy


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, Gill is particularly excited to talk about the wide range of research about gender, women, and girls here at UNLV.

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 and courts, 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, Ohio State Law Journal, and a number of other high profile scholarly journals. Her work has also been featured in a number of popular outlets, like the Washington Post, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, and the Empirical Legal Studies Blog. Gill is the co-author of Judicialization of Politics: The Interplay of Institutional Structure, Legal Doctrine, and Politics on the High Court of Australia.

Rebecca Gill In The News

Dec 13, 2018

A Las Vegas Justice of the Peace who says she tipped off Vice detectives to an alleged teen prostitution ring, but asked to keep it confidential out of concern for her daughter, is facing possible discipline over allegations she used her position as a judge to contact police.

Nov 20, 2018

It’s not often a gaming executive takes on industry regulators, but Caesars Entertainment executive Jan Jones Blackhurst, who is chairwoman of the Nevada Resort Association, isn’t mincing words about the failure of the Nevada Gaming Commission to address sexual harassment in the state’s hotels and casinos.

Nov 9, 2018

Democrats have taken control of the House of Representatives in midterm elections in the United States, while Republicans gained seats that solidify their control of the Senate.

Nov 9, 2018

Nevada academics wasted no time jumping into an election post mortem. The Brookings Institute held a post-election panel discussion Wednesday where they analyzed the previous night’s “blue wave,” in which Democrats claimed victory in almost all statewide races. Panelists included Brookings Mountain West Executive Director Robert Lang, UNLV political science professor David Damore, Brookings fellow John Hudak and Women’s Research Institute of Nevada Director Rebecca Gill.

Articles Featuring Rebecca Gill

Sep 9, 2016
Campus News

Boyd School of Law professors discuss presidential powers and UNLV's upcoming Constitution Day event.

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