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Anthony Gaughan Profile

Professor Anthony Gaughan

Professor of Law

Clemens J. Smith Faculty Research Scholar


Areas of Expertise

Election Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Evidence


JD – Harvard Law School 
PhD (history) – University of Wisconsin-Madison
MA – Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
BA – University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Professional Experience

Drake Law School professor since 2011
Iraq War veteran and former U.S. Navy officer
Five years as litigator with large Wisconsin law firm

Selected Publications


  • Compassion and Common Sense: A Judicial Biography of Ronald Longstaff, 66 Drake Law Review 585 (2018).

  • Trump, Twitter, and the Russians: The Growing Obsolescence of Federal Campaign Finance Law27 University of Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal 79 (2017).

  • Illiberal Democracy: The Toxic Mix of Fake News, Hyperpolarization, and Partisan Election Administration, 12 Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy 57 (2017) (symposium).

  • The 40-Year War on Money in Politics: Watergate, FECA, and the Future of Campaign Finance Reform, 77 Ohio State Law Journal 791 (2016) (symposium).

  • Ramshackle Federalism: America’s Archaic and Dysfunctional Presidential Election System, 85 Fordham Law Review 1021 (2016) (symposium).

  • Collateral Damage and the Laws of War: D-Day as a Case Study, 55 American Journal of Legal History 229 (2015) (peer reviewed).


  • The Last Battle of the Civil War: United States versus Lee, 1861-1883 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2011) (peer reviewed).

Significant Accomplishments

  • Elected Member of the American Law Institute (2018)
  • Leland Forrest Outstanding Professor of the Year, Drake University Law School (2015 and 2016)
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal, U.S. Department of Defense for service in Iraq (2008-2009)
  • Iraq Campaign Medal, U.S. Department of Defense (2009)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award from The Graduate School, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2000)
  • French-Felton Award for Inspirational Teaching, College of Letters and Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1998)

Additional Information

ALI Biographical Profile 

Anthony Gaughan Curriculum Vitae

Anthony Gaughan SSRN Author Page



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