Political Science / Ph.D. Student
Kimberly Waddy is from Pittsburgh, PA. She holds a BA in International
Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Legal Institutions
and Theory from the George Washington University.
With regard to regimes in both westernized and modernized states,
Ms. Waddy is primarily interested in how the constitution structures
government, with respect to social institutions and political participation,
within a world-systems framework.
Ms. Waddy studies the link between the outcomes of specific
Supreme Court cases and political participation. Do certain Supreme Court
decisions, those that involve tension between two constitutionally guaranteed
rights or entrenched American values (i.e. the right to life vs. the right to
privacy), result in sufficient civilian political participation to drive
Congressional legislation and impact upcoming elections? She argues that the
public perception of inequality under the law results in enough dissonance to
significantly influence policy.