Sarah Staszak

Research Scholar and Lecturer in Public and International Affairs

230 Corwin Hall
Renee Weist
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  • Public Law
  • American Politics
  • American Political Development
  • Bureaucratic Politics
  • Health and Health Policy in U.S.
  • Litigation


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 forthcoming book, Privatizing 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.

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