Mary Rose received her Ph.D. in social psychology from Duke University in 1998. From 1999 to 2002, she was a research fellow at the prestigious American Bar Foundation. Since 2002, Mary Rose has been Assistant Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches law students an introductory survey course on empirical research methods. She also teaches graduate seminars on law and society research and on the social science of justice, both of which are cross-listed with the law school.
Her scholarship examines lay participation in the legal system and perceptions of justice, and she has written on a variety of topics including the effects of jury selection practices on jury representativeness, citizen reactions to jury selection questioning, jury damage awards, and public views of fairness in sentencing. She is also an investigator on the landmark study of decision making among 50 deliberating juries from Pima County, Arizona. She serves on the editorial boards of Law & Social Inquiry, Law & Society Review and is a trustee of the Law & Society Association. In 2005, her research on the peremptory challenge was cited in the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Miller-el v. Dretke (Breyer, J., concurring).