Kenney's research interests include sexual assault on campus, women’s imprisonment, women and leadership, gender and judging, judicial selection, feminist social movements, women and electoral politics, the European Court of Justice, exclusionary employment policies, and pregnancy discrimination.
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Unpacks the argument that judicial recognition of rights or moving too far too fast sets backs social movements
Applies academic expertise to her own personal experiences of sexual violence.
Makes a nonessentialist case for more women judges and uses the concept of gender and the location of courts to rethink core political science concepts such as representation, emotions and social movements, and agenda setting.
Reviews four texts that analyze women in political institutions to develop a theory of gendered institutions. Argues women in political institutions will be advanced by continuing to look beyond the confines of the traditional subfields of political science, drawing on interdisciplinary work in feminist theory, critical race theory, and the sociology of work.
Shows how courts construct sex differences rather than discover them by comparing policies that exclude women from hazardous work.