Ashlyn Kuersten

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Ashlyn Kuersten
Associate Professor
(269) 387-2561
(269) 744-0433
(269) 387-2507
3075 Moore Hall, Mail Stop 5365
Mailing address: 
Department of Gender and Women's Studies
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5365 USA
  • Ph.D., American Politics/Quantitative Methods, University of South Carolina, 1997
Teaching interests: 
  • Civil rights and civil liberties
  • Gender and the law
  • Reproductive justice
  • U.S. politics
Research interests: 
  • Gender in politics and law
  • Judicial behavior

Ashlyn Kuersten, associate professor of gender and women's studies at Western Michigan University, focuses her research on the role of gender and civil liberties in U.S. constitutional law. Recent publications include a book on gender and constitutional rights and various articles on federal judicial behavior and presidential appointment strategy. She is the recipient of grants from the National Science Foundation that funded her research on the behavior of judges on the U.S. Courts of Appeals. In the classroom, Kuersten engages students with questions pertaining to gender and the law, civil rights and civil liberties and the politics of sexuality, including reproductive justice. Previously a political science faculty member with a joint appointment in gender and women’s studies, Kuersten moved fully to the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies in 2013.