Sally Kenney

Director of the Newcomb Institute, Tulane University
Chapter Member: New Orleans SSN
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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.

In the News

"The Trail That Ruth Bader Ginsburg Blazed Ran Through Louisiana," Sally Kenney, Guest Column, The Advocate, September 24, 2020.
"Time for More Women on the U.S. Supreme Court, and All Courts," Sally Kenney, Opinion, MNN Post, May 7, 2009.
"Nixon Gaffe Sparks Era of Judicial Advance," Sally Kenney, Arts and Culture, Women's eNews, May 4, 2009.
"Gap on Federal Bench? 8th Circuit Here We Come," Sally Kenney, Women's eNews, April 17, 2009.


Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter. (Routledge Press, 2013).

Makes a nonessentialist case for more women judges.

Backlash Against Feminism: Rethinking a Loaded Concept (Oxford University Press, Forthcoming 2021).

Commissions entry in the Oxford Handbook of Feminism and Law in the United States.

For Whose Protection? Reproductive Hazards and Exclusionary Policies in the United States and Britain (University of Michigan Press, 1992).

Compares policies that exclude women from hazardous work.

"Does Any Woman Have Just One Survivor Story? One Vagina’s Monologue" in Me Too, Feminist Theory, and Surviving Sexual Assault in the Academy, edited by Laura Gray Rosedale (Lexington, 2020), 105.

Elaborates on a backlash against feminisim.

"New Research on Gendered Political Institutions" Political Research Quarterly 49, no. 2 (1996).

Reviews four texts that analyze women in political institutions in order to develop a more general theory of gendered institutions. Ships on 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.