Sally J. Kenney has served as director of the Newcomb College Institute and held the Newcomb endowed chair since 2010. She is a faculty member in the Political Science Department, an affiliated faculty member in the law school, and an adjunct professor in the Global Community Health and Behavioral Science Department of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Her 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. Her latest book is Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter.
A native of Iowa, Sally J. Kenney earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Iowa, a B.A. and M.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Magdalen College, Oxford, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. From 1989-1995, she held a joint appointment in Political Science, Women's Studies, and Law at the University of Iowa. She served on the faculty at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs from 1995-2009 where she also directed the Center on Women and Public Policy.
She teaches a service learning course on the politics of rape as well as one on women’s imprisonment. For the last three years, she has led a study abroad program working with AIDS orphans in Kenya, teaching leadership and sexual and reproductive health.
She practices yoga and is an avid ballroom dancer, birder, and reader.
Women judges; judicial selection; women, law, and public policy; women and electoral politics; feminist organizations and social movements; employment discrimination; the European Court of Justice.