Elizabeth Lane

PHD Student

Elizabeth began her doctoral training at Michigan State University in Fall of 2013, after graduating with high honors from Michigan State University with a BA in Political Science Pre-Law in Spring of 2012.

During her time as an undergraduate and after, Elizabeth served the Michigan Senate. This rewarding experience gave her a unique perspective on state legislative politics that will remain with her through her graduate studies.

Elizabeth decided to return to school because of her research experience as an undergraduate. She did an independent study in Political Science, and during this time she wrote a paper entitled:Interest Groups and the Supreme Court: The Impact of Justices’ Speeches on Amicus Curiae Success. She was fortunate enough to be accepted as a poster presenter at the American Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting in 2012, and presented the paper on a panel at the Southern American Political Science Association Conference in 2013.

Elizabeth is majoring in American politics and minoring in comparative politics. She is interested in questions of judicialization and legitimacy in the U.S. Supreme Court and International High Courts. Additionally, she is interested in the development of judicial systems in new democracies.