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Dr. Madhavi McCall joined the SDSU Political Science department in 2001. She earned
her Ph.D. in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis, her Masters
from The University of Akron and her B.A from Case Western Reserve University. Dr.
McCall teaches classes in public law, concentrating on examining the relationship
between politics and society to the development of legal principles. Dr. McCall teaches
core classes in the American field dealing with the judiciary. Dr. McCall served as
Department Chair from 2010-2014 before accepting the position of Associate Dean, Academic
Affairs and Operations, in the College of Arts and Letters in 2015. She is currently
the Interim Associate Vice President in the Office of Curriculum, Assessment, and
Dr. McCall’s research interests center on the voting behavior of state supreme court justices and members of the United States Supreme Court. Specifically, Dr. McCall studies judicial behavior to determine if institutional structures of courts or demographic differences in court members impact voting choices. Her state court research examines the differences in voting behavior of appointed and elected state supreme court justices, the impact of campaign contributions on voting behavior, and the differences in the voting patterns of male and female justices. Dr. McCall’s research on the United States Supreme Court tends to revolve around an examination of recent decisions and the impact these decisions may have on public policy. In addition to her co-authored book (Law and Criminal Justice: Emerging Issues in the Twenty-first Century), her articles have been published in American Review of Politics, Social Science Journal, Politics and Policy, Judicature, American Politics Research, Justice System Journal, American Journal of Criminal Justice, numerous law reviews and as book chapters. Dr. McCall teaches classes in public law, concentrating on examining the relationship between politics and society to the development of legal principles.
Dr. McCall enjoys reading, working with stain glass, and spending time with her family.
- “Buying Justice in Texas: The Influence of Campaign Contributions on the Voting Behavior of Texas Supreme Court Justices.” American Review of Politics, Vol. 22, Fall 2001, pages 349-373.
- “Gender, Judicial Dissent and Issue Salience: Voting Behavior of State Supreme Court Justices in Sexual Harassment Cases, 1980-1998.” Forthcoming, Social Science Journal.
- “The Politics of Judicial Elections: The Influence of Campaign Contributions on the Voting Patterns of Texas Supreme Court Justices, 1994-1997.” Forthcoming, Politics and Policy.
- “Constitutional Rights and Technological Innovation in Criminal Justice” with Professor Christopher Smith, Michigan State University. Forthcoming, Southern Illinois Journal of Law.
- “Criminal Justice and the 2001-2002 Supreme Court Term” with Christopher Smith, Michigan State University. Forthcoming, Law Review of Michigan State University - Detroit School of Law.