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Alison Gash

Professor of Political Science
Law, Law-JD, Political Science
Phone: 541-346-4876
Office: 922 PLC
Office Hours: F22 - Virtual: Wednesday 8:30-10:30--No OH October 5; (send email with header "OFFICE HOUR APPT" to make an appointment) or join waiting room on zoom; In-person Thursday 1-2 (mask required)
Research Interests: U.S. Courts, Public Policy, Gender/Gender Identity, Race, Sexuality, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law


Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
MPA-URP, Domestic Policy, Princeton University
BA, Art History, Vassar College


Alison Gash's research focuses on the intersection of law and social policy with a specific interest in race, gender, sexuality and disability in the context of housing and family.  She is the author of Below the Radar: How Silence Can Save Civil Rights (Oxford University Press, 2015) as well as multiple articles on legal advocacy and collaborative governance published in JPART, Law & Social InquiryPolitics & PolicyLaws, and Polity.  Her work has appeared in NewsweekPoliticoFortuneWashington MonthlySlateLA Times, Chicago Tribune, and The Conversation

Selected Publications


Below the Radar: How Silence Can Save Civil RightsOxford University Press, 2015

Conflict of Interest and Public Life: Cross-National Perspectives, (co-editor, with Christine Trost) Cambridge University Press, 2008.


“#MeToo? Legal Discourse and Everyday Responses to Sexual Violence,” (with Ryan Harding) Laws, 2018, 7(2), 21

“Children of Reform” (with Dan Tichenor, Angelita Chavez and Malori Musselman) Politics, Groups and Identitites, (forthcoming)

Collaborative Platforms as a Governance Strategy” (with Chris Ansell) Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 2018 28(1)

Parenting without Protection: How Legal Status Ambiguity Affects Gay and Lesbian Parenthood” (with Judith Raiskin). Law & Social Inquiry (2016)

Cohering Collaborative Governance,” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory(2016) 

State, Status and the American Family,” (with Priscilla Yamin) Polity(Vol. 48, No. 2) April 2016.

Venue Effects: How Policy Source Influences Policy Support” (with Mike Murakami). Politics & Policy 43.5 (2015): 679-722.

Stewards, Mediators, and Catalysts: Toward a Model of Collaborative Leadership” (with Chris Ansell) The Innovation Journal 17(1), 2012.  With Chris Ansell

Collaborative Governance in Theory and Practice,” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Vol. 18, Issue 4, pp. 543-571, 2008.  With Chris Ansell




Recent Courses:

PS 106: Power, Politics and Inequality

PS 275: Legal Process

PS 302: States' Rights and State Wrongs

PS 368: Gender and the Law

PS 399: Factis in Politics

PS 465: LGBTQ Rights and American Law

PS 410/510: Modern Civil Rights Law

PS 485/585: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

PS 484/584: US Supreme Court