Graduate students Elizabeth Lane and Jessica Schoenherr receive Arlen Specter Center for Public Service Fellowship

Congratulations to PhD students Elizabeth Lane and Jessica Schoenherr who have been awarded a $5,000 research fellowship from the Arlen Specter Center for Public Service.  The title of their project is “‘A Matter of Great Importance’: Senator Preparation for Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings”  To read more about their fellowship see,

Elizabeth Lane joined the PhD program at Michigan State University in 2013. Her research interests include American politics and research methodology, with an emphasis on the United States Supreme Court and judicial behavior.  Elizabeth’s primary research agenda examines the intersection of law and ideology, by focusing on how legal quality impacts Supreme Court justices’ decision-making.   She received a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant in 2017 to collect archival data at the Library of Congress and pursue this line of research.

Jessica Schoenherr is a Political Science PhD student at Michigan State University where she studies American Politics and research methodology. She came to the program after receiving an undergraduate degree from James Madison College at Michigan State University and a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan. Jessica’s research focuses on American political institutions, specifically the United States Supreme Court. Her projects include looking at senatorial behavior during Supreme Court confirmation hearings and researching how U.S. Supreme Court merits briefs influence judicial decision-making.