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Sarah Escalante

PHD Student

Sarah Escalante joined the department in the fall of 2015.  She holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Chicago and a JD from Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, where she was  a Beasley Scholar and a Law and Public Policy Scholar.  During the second half of law school, Sarah had the privilege of clerking for the Federal Judicial Center’s Research Division in Washington, DC and working with a legal economist at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  These experiences sparked Sarah’s interest in understanding how legal actors organize their thinking about the political and legal world.

Sarah’s principle research interests include judicial decision making and statistical methodology.  Her current interests include empirical legal studies; the quantitative examination of federal and specialized courts, civil procedures, and criminal sentencing; and machine learning.

When she’s not reading or on her laptop, you will find Sarah baking, watching her way through her ever-increasing list of movies, boxing, or visiting her hometown of Oakland, California.