About Catherine R. Albiston
Albiston's research addresses the relationship between law and social change through a variety of empirical projects. She is currently conducting a study of more than 200 public interest law firms that examines how funding sources and other environmental factors affect their strategy, structure, and mission. Her other work includes investigating how law affects normative bias against workers who use family leave, barriers to exercising mandatory leave rights, how litigation affects social movements and social change, judicial deference to institutionalized employment practices, and the politics and effects of unpublished opinion rules.
Peer Review Articles (9)
Bargaining in the Shadow of Social Institutions: Competing Discourses and Social Change in Workplace Mobilization of Civil Rights Law & Society Review (2005)
The Family and Medical Leave Act requires employers to provide job-protected leave, but little is known about how these leave rights operate in practice or how they interact with other normative systems to construct the ...
The Rule of Law and the Litigation Process: The Paradox of Losing by Winning Law & Society Review (1999)
This article expands upon the idea that repeat players influence the development of law by settling cases they are likely to lose and litigating cases they are likely to win. Through empirical analysis of judicial ...
Law Review Articles (9)
Institutional Inequality Wisconsin Law Review (2009)
Employment discrimination statutes generally treat inequality as the product of discriminatory animus, but this approach undertheorizes how institutions construct identities and generate inequality. Drawing on neo-institutionalist theories in sociology, this Article develops a theory of ...
Welfare Queens and Other Fairy Tales: Welfare Reform and Unconstitutional Reproductive Controls Howard Law Journal (1994)
Examines stereotypes of Black women and argues that provisions of current bills that would restrict the reproductive freedom of women on welfare are particularly aimed at them; US. Provisions include mandating of acceptance of the ...