Ashlyn Kuersten

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Ashlyn Kuersten
Professor of Sociology
(269) 387-6173
(269) 387-5599
3214 Sangren Hall, Mail Stop 5257
Mailing address: 
Department of Sociology
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5257 USA
  • Ph.D., American Politics/Quantitative Methods, University of South Carolina, 1997
Teaching interests: 
  • Civil rights and civil liberties
  • Gender, race and the law
  • Reproductive justice
Research interests: 
  • Gender in politics and law
  • Judicial behavior

Ashlyn Kuersten is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Western Michigan University and an associate director of the Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations. She is the Principal Investigator in a Department of Justice grant entitled "Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence to Exonerate the Innocent". She is currently the Director of the Wrongful Conviction Program at WMU. She was made a Faculty Fellow in the Lee Honor's College at WMU, and won the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Achievement Award in Teaching, and the Outstanding Teacher of Political Science from the American Political Science Association. 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 and recently the Department of Justice. Kuersten was previously a faculty member in the Departments of Political Science and Gender and Women's Studies.