Rachael K. Hinkle


Rachael K. Hinkle.

Rachael K. Hinkle


Rachael K. Hinkle


Scholarly Interests

Public law; judicial politics; constitutional law; computational text analysis; quantitative methods

Contact Information

420 Park Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260

Phone: (716) 645-8437



Rachael K. Hinkle is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University at Buffalo. Her research agenda focuses on judicial politics with particular attention to gleaning insights into legal development from the content of judicial opinions through the use of computational text analytic techniques. 


  • PhD, Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis
  • MA, Political Science, University of Toledo
  • JD, Ohio Northern University College of Law (high distinction)
  • BA, History, Huntington University (summa cum laude)

Courses Taught

  • PSC 662 – Judicial Process
  • PSC 302 – Protecting Civil Liberties

Selected Publications

  • Hinkle, Rachael K., “Into the Words: Using Statutory Text to Explore the Impact of Federal Courts on State Policy Diffusion.” American Journal of Political Science, forthcoming.
  • Hinkle, Rachael K., Andrew D. Martin, Jonathan David Shaub, and Emerson H. Tiller. 2012.  “A Positive Theory and Empirical Analysis of Strategic Word Choice in District Court Opinions.” 10 Journal of Legal Analysis 407-444.