Terri Peretti, Ph.D.
Dr. Peretti is professor of Political Science and acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She served as her department's chair from 2002 to 2006 and as an associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2009 to 2012. She has taught courses on constitutional law, judicial politics, and U.S. politics at Santa Clara University since 1988 and won the College's David Logothetti Teaching Award in 2005.
Dr. Peretti received a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the U.S. Supreme Court, judicial politics, and judicial selection. She is the author of In Defense of a Political Court (Princeton University Press, 1999) and has published numerous articles on judicial independence, constitutional law, and Supreme Court selection and retirement in journals such as Judicature, Law & Social Inquiry, Election Law Journal, and Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. Dr. Peretti's current research focuses on judicial decision making in redistricting and voter identification litigation.