Dr. Staszak received a Ph.D. in political science from Brandeis University in 2010 and is currently on leave from The City College of New York—CUNY, where she is an assistant professor in the Political Science Department. Her research interests include public law, policy, and American political development. Her book, No Day in Court: The Politics of Judicial Retrenchment (forthcoming 2014) examines the politics and implications of efforts to constrain access to courts and the legal system as they have unfolded in the years since the expansions of the civil rights era. As a Scholar, she is beginning a project on litigation in the area of mental health and disability, examining the politics and consequences of relying on courts and judges to enforce rights guarantees. Her other ongoing research projects focus on the politics of bureaucratic rulemaking and the development of legal services for the poor in the United States.