Tao L. Dumas was born in Dallas and raised in Southeast Texas and received her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. Dr. Dumas teaches courses in constitutional law, civil rights and liberties, law and society, moot court, and judicial politics. Her research primarily focuses on the role of institutions and contextual factors in shaping litigation outcomes in U.S. state trial and appellate courts. Dr. Dumas is currently working on projects exploring the role of lawyers in settlement and litigation processes and research investigating the influence of judicial selection method on the behavior of trial court judges.
Prior to coming to TCNJ, Dr. Dumas was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Albany, SUNY, taught at Louisiana State University, and held an institutional research position at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Dr. Dumas is also a Pre-Law Advisor.