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Sarah Staszak

Research Scholar and Lecturer in Public and International Affairs
230 Corwin Hall


Sarah Staszak received her PhD in Politics from Brandeis University and is a Research Scholar in Politics and the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. Her research and teaching interests include public law, policy, American political development, and American political economy. She is the author of No Day in Court: Access to Justice and the Politics of Judicial Retrenchment (Oxford University Press, 2015; Co-Winner: 2017 J. David Greenstone Book Award for best book in politics and history awarded by the American Political Science Association), 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 second book, Privatizing Justice: Arbitration and the Decline of Public Governance (Oxford University Press, 2024), investigates the institutional, legal, and political development of the expanding use of private arbitration. Her work on litigation and arbitration, as well as gender and campaign finance, have received awards from the American Political Science Association’s sections on Law and Courts and Race and Ethnic Politics, respectively. Other ongoing research projects involve consumer protection law and policy, provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act that protect the rights of those with mental and physical disabilities, 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.