Faculty / Staff
Rachael K. Hinkle
Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
Phone: (716) 645-8437
Office: 420 Park Hall
Areas of Teaching and Research Interest:
Public Law, Judicial Politics, Constitutional Law, Computational Text Analysis, Quantitative Methods
PSC 662 – Judicial Process
PSC 302 – Protecting Civil Liberties
Rachael K. Hinkle is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Her research agenda focuses on judicial politics with particular attention to gleaning insights into legal development from the content of judicial opinions through the use of computational text analytic techniques. She completed her Ph.D in Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. Before beginning her doctoral studies she earned her B.A. summa cum laude in History from Huntington University, her J.D. with high distinction from Ohio Northern University, and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Toledo.
Selected Recent Research:
Hinkle, Rachael K., “Into the Words: Using Statutory Text to Explore the Impact of Federal Courts on State Policy Diffusion.” American Journal of Political Science, forthcoming.
Hinkle, Rachael K., Andrew D. Martin, Jonathan David Shaub, and Emerson H. Tiller. 2012. “A Positive Theory and Empirical Analysis of Strategic Word Choice in District Court Opinions.” 10 Journal of Legal Analysis 407-444.