Professor, Legal Studies and Political Science
Gurley Hall 101D, Troy
Pamela S. Katz holds a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton (1983) and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center (1986). She has worked as an attorney in the private sector in the real estate department of the Manhattan law firm Shea & Gould. After that, she worked in the public interest law sector at the New York Civil Liberties Union as Assistant Legislative Director (lobbyist) and as Executive Director of the Capital Region Chapter.She has also worked as a law guardian in Rensselaer and Columbia County Family Courts. Since 1997, she has been a full time faculty member at The Sage Colleges.
At Sage, Dr. Katz teaches law-related classes, including courses in Civil Rights and Liberties, Law and Legal Process and Women and the Law. She also helps coordinate the Political Science, Environmental Studies, Pre-Law, and Public Policy, Advocacy and Civic Engagement (PACE) programs at Russell Sage College in addition to serving as Pre-Law Advisor there.
Her research interests include constitutional rights and liberties and the intersection between science and the law. She has published articles on the use of artificial intelligence in courts (Expert Robot), the constitutional right to clone (Future Woman), Vietnam’s 2012-13 constitutional revision (Democracy Building in Vietnam), and same sex marriage (The Constitutional Right to Marry), among other publications and papers. In addition, she directs a project called “State Court Watch ,” an interactive website for citizenship education funded with a grant from the Law, Youth and Citizenship Program of the New York State Bar Association.
Dr. Katz has had the opportunity to teach, lecture and engage in research overseas as well. In 2007 she took a sabbatical in Shanghai, China teaching law at the Shanghai Institute for Foreign Trade (now known as the Shanghai University of International Business Education). The following year, she was a visiting scholar at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Onati, Spain. And during the 2012-13 academic year, she returned to Asia as a Fulbright Scholar, teaching law at the University of Economics and Law in Ho Chi Minh City (part of Vietnam National University) and delivering lectures at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam in Hanoi, Hue University in central Vietnam, and at Tsuda College in Tokyo, Japan. In 2014, she was included on the Fulbright Specialist Program roster for a 5-year term.