Santa Clara University

Department of Political Science

Terri Peretti

Phone: 408-554-4919
Location: Victor B. and Julia Botto Vari Hall
Room number: 236
Courses taught:
The Constitution and Equality

Law and Politics in the U.S.

Constitutional Theory, Constitutional Politics

Introduction to U.S. Politics

Terri Peretti


Education: Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1990; M.A. University of California, Berkeley, 1982; B.G.S. University of Kansas, 1978
Curriculum Vitae: Terri Peretti (updated 9/2011)

Terri Peretti teaches constitutional law, judicial politics, and U.S. Politics.  Her current research focuses on Supreme Court decision making regarding the electoral process.  She is the author of In Defense of a Political Court (Princeton University Press 1999) and a number of articles on judicial independence, the selection and retirement of Supreme Court justices, and the Fourteenth Amendment.  Dr. Peretti serves as the Pre-Law Advisor.

Select publications:

"Modern Departures from the U.S. Supreme Court: Party, Pensions, or Power?" ( with Alan Rozzi), Quinnipiac Law Review 29 (2011)

"Constructing the State Action Doctrine, 1940-1990," Law & Social Inquiry, 35 (2010): 273-310.

"Where Have All the Politicians Gone? Recruiting for the Modern Supreme Court," Judicature 91 (2007): 112-22.

In Defense of a Political Court (Princeton University Press, 1999)