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Maureen Stobb

Dr. Maureen Stobb
Associate Professor


Maureen Stobb received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Texas at Dallas. She completed her B.A. in Political Science at the College of New Jersey, and obtained a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame. She was an intern at the fifth session of the Preparatory Commission for the International Criminal Court and at Amnesty International’s London office. She also practiced law for seven years, primarily as an immigration and asylum attorney. She teaches and researches in the area of public law.
Her research addresses questions of the judicialization of politics, or the expansion of judicial power relative to the legislature and the executive, through reliance on courts, and the utilization of legal concepts and arguments to address public policy problems.  She examines this phenomenon in the American, comparative and international contexts. Her current research agenda focuses on examining the ways in which the law and courts patrol the boundaries of citizenship.  In this work, she draws upon her expertise in immigration, international and constitutional law.
Research and Teaching Interests: Immigration law and policy, constitutional law, international law, and judicial decision-making.
Stobb, Maureen (2021) “The Costs of Going Global: Lower Court Response to Constitutional Cross-Fertilization.” Journal of Law and Courts 9(2): 215-232.
Stobb, Maureen (2019) “Power of the Pen or the Gavel? Determining Asylum Standards on the Courts of Appeals” Justice System Journal 40(3): 196-220.   
Stobb, Maureen and Charlotte McDonald (2019) “The Conditioning Effect of EU Membership Status: Understanding Compliance with Legislative Initiatives to Protect Human Trafficking Victims” Comparative European Politics: 17(6):813-831.
Stobb, Maureen (2018) “A Shield in Battle: The Contingent Value of Human Rights Treaties to INGOs in Autocracies” International Journal of Human Rights: 23(4): 555-574.
Stobb, Maureen (2018) “Threat and Suspicion: Scalia’s Legacy for A Transnational Judicial Dialogue” in The Conservative Revolution of Antonin Scalia. Edited by David A. Schultz and Howard Schrieber. Maryland: Lexington Books (Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.).
Stobb, Maureen (2016) “To Defer or Not Defer: The Dilemma of Federal Courts of Appeal Determining the Reach of U.S. Law” Questions in Politics 4: 1-20.

Last updated: 1/26/2023