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Kimberly Waddy

Political Science / Ph.D. Student

Kimberly Waddy

Contact Information

kwaddy@syr.edu

Interests

Biography

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.