My research interests include judicial politics, quantitative methods, American politics, empirical legal studies, administrative law, and civil procedure.  Many of my current projects focus on  judicial decision making, federal courts and judges, judicial diversity, and the litigation process.   



  • Christina L. Boyd. N.d. "Representation on the Courts? The Effects of Trial Judges' Sex and Race." Accepted for publication in Political Research Quarterly[project page]
  • Christina L. Boyd. 2015. "The Hierarchical Influence of Courts of Appeals on District Courts." Journal of Legal Studies 44(1): 113-131. [.pdf]
  • Christina L. Boyd. 2015. "Litigant Status and Trial Court Appeal Mobilization." Law & Policy 37(4): 294-323. [.pdf]
  • Christina L. Boyd, Michael S. Lynch, and Anthony J. Madonna. 2015. "Nuclear Fallout: Investigating the Effect of Senate Procedural Reform on Judicial Nominations." The Forum 13(4): 623-641. [.pdf]
  • Christina L. Boyd. 2015. "In Defense of Empirical Legal Studies." Buffalo Law Review 63: 363-377. [.pdf]
  • Ryan C. Black, Christina L. Boyd, and Amanda C. Bryan. 2015. "Revisiting the Influence of Law Clerks on the U.S. Supreme Court's Agenda-Setting Process." Marquette Law Review 98(1): 75-109. [.pdf]
  • Christina L. Boyd. 2015. "Opinion Writing in the Federal District Courts." Justice System Journal 36(3): 254-273.  [.pdf]
  • Christina L. Boyd. 2013. "She'll Settle It?" Journal of Law and Courts 1(2): 193-219.  [.pdf]
  • Christina L. Boyd, David A. Hoffman, Zoran Obradovic, and Kosta Ristovski. 2013. "Building a Taxonomy of Litigation: Clusters of Causes of Action in Federal Complaints."  Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 10(1): 253-287.  [.pdf]
  • Christina L. Boyd and Amanda Driscoll. 2013. "Adjudicatory Oversight in Executive Branch Agencies." American Politics Research 41(4): 569-598.  [.pdf]
  • Christina L. Boyd and Jacqueline Sievert. 2013. "Unaccountable Justice? The Decision Making of Magistrate Judges in the Federal District Courts" Justice System Journal 34(3): 249-273.  [.pdf]
  • Christina L. Boyd and David A. Hoffman. 2013. "Litigating Toward Settlement." Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization 29(4): 898-929.    [.pdf]
  • Ryan C. Black and Christina L. Boyd. 2013. "Selecting the Select Few: The Discuss List and the U.S. Supreme Court’s Agenda-Setting Process." Social Science Quarterly 94(4): 1124-1144.  [.pdf]
  • Ryan C. Black and Christina L. Boyd. 2012. "The Role of Law Clerks in the U.S. Supreme Court's Agenda-Setting Process."  American Politics Research. 40: 147-173  [.pdf]
  • Ryan C. Black and Christina L. Boyd. 2012. "US Supreme Court Agenda Setting and the Role of Litigant Status." Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization. 28(1): 286-312.  [.pdf]
  • Christina L. Boyd, Lee Epstein, and Andrew D. Martin. 2010 "Untangling the Causal Effects of Sex on Judging." American Journal of Political Science. 54(2): 389-411. [.pdf] [project page]
  • Christina L. Boyd and David A. Hoffman. 2010. "Disputing Limited Liability"  Northwestern University Law Review. 104(3): 853-916. [.pdf]
  • Lee Epstein, Andrew D. Martin, and Christina L. Boyd. 2007. "On the Effective Communication of the Results of  Empirical Studies, Part II." Vanderbilt Law Review. 60:101-146.  [.pdf] [project page]  
  • Christina L. Boyd and James F. Spriggs. 2009. “An Examination of Strategic Anticipation of Appellate Court Preferences by Federal District Court Judges”  Washington University Journal of Law and Policy. 29: 37-80.   [.pdf]
  • Pauline Kim, Margo Schlanger, Christina L. Boyd, and Andrew D. Martin. 2009. “How Should We Study District Judge Decision-Making” Washington University Journal of Law and Policy. 29: 83-112.  [.pdf]
  • Christina L. Boyd and Lee Epstein. May 3, 2009. “When Women Rule, It Makes a Difference” Washington Post. [url]
  • Lee Epstein, Christina L. Boyd and Andrew D. Martin. 2008. "The Court(s) and the Election" Miller-McCune Magazine.  [url]