Rebecca Mae Salokar

Rebecca Mae Salokar

Areas of Expertise

Judicial Politics, Constitutional Law & Politics, Gender & Law, GLBT Politics

Degrees

J.D., Florida International University, 2009
Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1988
M.A., Syracuse University, 1982
B.A., Florida International University, 1981

Contact

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 429
Tel: 305-348-2227 | salokar@fiu.edu

Rebecca Mae Salokar is Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations and Director of FIU’s Pre-Law Advising and Training Office (PLATO). Her teaching interests center on law and courts, and include core courses like Judicial Process and Constitutional Law as well as more topical classes on the Supreme Court; Gender and Law; Race and Law; and Law and the Legal Profession. Professor Salokar’s teaching abilities and her dedication to students have been recognized by her colleagues with a University Award for Excellence in Teaching, the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence, two Teaching Incentive Program Awards and the University Award for Excellence in Advising.

Professor Salokar’s research interests bridge the disciplines of law and political science. Her publications typically focus on separation of powers issues both at the national and state level. She is the author of THE SOLICITOR GENERAL: THE POLITICS OF LAW (Temple Univ. Press, 1992) and with Mary L. Volcansek, edited WOMEN IN LAW: A BIO-BIBLIOGRAPHICAL SOURCEBOOK (Greenwood Press, 1996). Professor Salokar has also published articles and book chapters on state constitutional change, state judicial elections and campaign speech, judicial selection, legal representation for Congress, and LGBT families and the law. She has also collaborated on a project on constitutional courts in transitional democracies.

In Fall 2006, Professor Salokar returned to the other end of the classroom as a student at FIU’s College of Law. She graduated magna cum laude and second in her class in 2009. In 2010, Professor Salokar took leave from the university to serve a year-long federal clerkship with Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga of the United States District Court of the Southern District of Florida. Upon her return to FIU, Professor Salokar developed PLATO---an advising center for all FIU students interested in law school. She is also the director of the Certificate in Pre-Law Skills and Professional Values.

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