• Image of Kyla SteppPosition: Post-doctoral Fellow, Mock Trial Co-Advisor
  • Department: Political Science & Public Administration 
  • Campus Address: Anspach Hall 238
  • Phone: (989) 774-3259
  • Email: kyla.stepp@cmich.edu
  • Vitae:  Curricul​um Vitae

Dr. Stepp joined the Department of Political Science and Public Administration in the Fall of 2016. Prior to completing her Ph.D. at Wayne State University, she attained a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center in 2004. Dr. Stepp practiced law in Michigan full-time for 6 years prior to going back to school for her Ph.D. She taught American Government and Public Law courses at Wayne State for five years and acted as a pre-law advisor there before graduating and joining the faculty at CMU. Her research focuses on the relationship between courts and judicial behavior in our current ideologically and politically polarized environment and contemporary constitutional rights, particularly those of politically disadvantaged groups in society.

Kyla is the co-advisor for the Mock Trial RSO at Central Michigan University. For more information contact cmumocktrialassociation@gmail.com. 

She is also the pre-law advisor for the department.


  • Ph.D., Political Science, Wayne State University, 2016
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2004
  • B.S., Legal Studies, Grand Valley State University, 2001

Fields of Specialization 

  • Public Law
  • American Government & Institutions
  • Political Behavior
  • Public Policy
  • Public Opinion
  • Race, Gender & Sexuality in Politics