Lee Epstein is the Ethan A. H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to this position, she was Provost Professor of Law and Political Science and the Rader Family Trustee Chair in Law at the University of Southern California, and the Henry Wade Rogers Professor of Law at Northwestern University. In 2017-18, she will be a visting scholar/professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Academia Sinica in Taiwan, and the University of Bergen in Norway (through 2020).
A recipient of 12 grants from the National Science Foundation, Professor Epstein has authored or co-authored over 130 articles and essays and 18 books, including The Choices Justices Make (co-authored with Jack Knight), which won the Pritchett Award for the Best Book on Law and Courts and, more recently, the Lasting Contribution Award “for a book or journal article, 10 years or older, that has made a lasting impression on the field of law and courts.” The Constitutional Law for a Changing America series (co-authored with Thomas Walker), now in its 9th edition, received the Teaching and Mentoring Award from a section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). Her most recent books are The Behavior of Federal Judges, with William M. Landes & Richard A. Posner (Harvard University Press); An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research, with Andrew D. Martin (Oxford University Press); and The Oxford Handbook on U.S. Judicial Behavior (edited with Stefanie A. Lindquist). In September of 2016, Epstein received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association.
Professor Epstein is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Political and Social Science. She also serves as Co-Director of the Center for Empirical Research in the Law, Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago, and a Principal Investigator of the U.S. Supreme Court Database project.
Dr. Epstein is a past chair of the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association and the former President of the Midwest Political Science Association. She also serves (or has served) on the Board of Directors of the American Judicature Society, the Executive Council of the Southern Political Science Association, and the Board of Trustees of the Law & Society Association. She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, where she is co-editor, American Politics Research, Law and CourtsSSRN, Law & Courts PSN, Law and Policy, Social Science Quarterly, and Law and Positive Political Theory Abstracting Journal. She has also served on the editorial board for the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, and I•Con: The International Journal of Constitutional Law
Her honors and awards include: the Arthur Holly Compton Faculty Achievement Award at Washington University in St. Louis; Alumni Board of Governors Distinguished Faculty Award; Professor of the Year Award from Washington University’s Undergraduate Political Science Association; Faculty of the Year Award from Washington University’s Student Union; Outstanding Faculty Member from Washington University’s Women’s Panhellenic Association; the Rotunda Teaching Award from Southern Methodist University; and the Margareta Deschner Teaching Award from SMU. Professor Epstein received her undergraduate degree in political science (with High Honors, 1980) and her Ph.D. from Emory University (1983).