Meet Luzmarina Garcia, 2020 Fund for Latino Scholarship Recipient

Luzmarina Garcia is a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests are at the intersection of judicial and identity politics. Her dissertation project examines whether the gender bias that has been found in certain types of courts reflects a fundamental behavior that can be found across courts and in the general population. She considers institutional factors such as the breadth of case types, case law, and court function to reveal a more accurate depiction of the role of gender in judicial decision-making, extending the literature to administrative benches, such as immigration and tax courts.
Garcia is a Schroeder fellow at the Cline Center for Advanced Social Science Research, and a recipient of the APSA Minority Fellowship and UIUC Graduate College Fellowship. She holds a master’s degree in political science from UIUC and a bachelor’s degree in political science and communication studies from the University of Texas at El Paso. The Fund for Latino Scholarship will allow her to extend web-scraping collection of administrative-court data.

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