Office: McGannon Hall, Room 123
Office Hours: Spring 2015 -- Tuesday 1:00 - 2:00, Thursday 9:30 - 11:30 and by appointment
Dr. Morgan Hazelton, Assistant Professor of Political Science, joined the department in Fall 2013. She teaches and conducts research in the area of judicial politics. She is a member of the bar in the State of Texas (inactive) and the U.S. District Court for the West District of Texas.
Education and background. Dr. Hazelton received her B.A. from the University of New Mexico, J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, M.A. and Ph.D. from Washington University, St. Louis. In 2008, she was selected as El Paso Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year.
Teaching. Dr. Hazelton teaches classes in judicial politics, constitutional law, civil rights and civil liberties, law and society, and research methods. She has previously taught at Washington University and the University of Texas-El Paso. She won the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence at Washington University.
Research. Dr. Hazelton's research interests encompass American political institutions, judicial politics, and quantitative methods. Her dissertation, "Procedural Postures: The Influence of Legal Change on Strategic Litigants and Judges," examines how legal change affects litigant behavior and judicial decision-making in light of such behavior. In the dissertation, Dr. Hazelton tests the hypothesis that changes in procedural rules affect how litigants engage the legal system and the outcomes they obtain. She focuses on the potential for selection bias to skew our understanding of the impact of legal change, looking to changes to the federal pleading standard announced by the Supreme Court in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly (2007) and Ashcroft v. Iqbal (2009). The dissertation uses both quantitative and qualitative analyses.
Dr. Hazelton is also working on a project that uses the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Litigation Database to investigate if political conditions influence the types of outcomes seen in cases involving the EEOC. Additional research focuses on the ramifications of the three-judge panel structure in the federal court of appeals and the influence of campaign contributions on the behavior of state high court judges. Dr. Hazelton has published articles in Review of Law & Economics and Global Jurist.