About Me

Hi! I'm a rising 2L at Duke University School of Law. I received a PhD in Political Science from Duke University in 2019 and a Masters in Political Science from the University of Georgia in 2013. I'm interested in litigation, regulatory work, and family law. I'm also passionate about fighting for reproductive justice. You can view my resume here or scroll down.

Bailey Kathryn Sanders

308 Mayfield Circle, Durham NC 27705 | bailey.sanders@duke.edu | 828-361-4194


Duke University School of Law, Durham, NC

Juris Doctor expected, May 2021

GPA: 3.70

Honors: Dean’s Scholarship

Activities: If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, Chapter Leader

Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, Editor

Duke University, Durham, NC

Ph.D., Political Science, May 2019

GPA: 3.73

Dissertation: “Partisan Bridging and Its Gendered Dimensions”

Honors: Dean’s Graduate Fellowship, National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant,

Graduate Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics

University of Georgia, Athens, GA

M.A., Political Science, August 2013

GPA: 3.77

Honors: Janet-Box Steffensmeier Award, Carlos A. Pelanda Graduate Student Paper Award

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

B.A., International Relations, minors Spanish, Italian, Creative Writing, summa cum laude, May 2010

GPA: 4.00

Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Academic All-American (2010), Collegiate Rowing Scholar

Athlete Award (2008-2010), Varsity Letterman (2008-2010),

SEC Academic Honor Roll (2007-2010)

Activities: Women’s Varsity Rowing Team, Coxswain


Duke Law Children’s Clinic, Durham, NC

Legal Intern, May 2019-August 2019

· Provided free legal advice, advocacy, and legal representation to low-income children;

focused specifically on special education and supplemental security income cases

· Served as main contact for six different cases, conducting initial client interviews,

charting medical and educational records, and developing legal theories

Political Science Department, Duke University, Durham, NC

Research Assistant, August 2013 – May 2018

· Conducted original empirical research in collaboration with various Duke faculty

Instructor of Record, January 2018-May 2018 & August 2016-December 2016

· Designed and taught an undergraduate class exploring the role of gender, race, and sexuality in American politics

Teaching Assistant for Professor Neil Siegel, (Constitutional Law I & II), January 2017-May2018

· Held office hours to assist class of 50 students with drafting writing assignments and with exam preparation


“Gender Differences in Legislative Responsiveness” with Danielle Thomsen, Forthcoming at Perspectives on Politics

Partisan Bridges to Bipartisanship in a Polarized World: The Case of Women’s Contraceptive Coverage” Legislative Studies Quarterly (2018)


Teach pilates twice weekly. Enjoy reading sci-fi and fantasy novels. Attending 2019 Racial & Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute (July). Attended Administrative Advocacy and Comment Writing Webinar, June 2019.