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Anthony Gaughan Profile

Professor Anthony Gaughan

Professor of Law

Kern Family Chair in Law


Areas of Expertise

Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Election 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


  • James Madison, Citizens United, and the Constitutional Problem of Corruption, 69 American University Law Review 1485 (2020) (symposium).
  • Chester Arthur’s Ghost: A Cautionary Tale of Campaign Finance Reform, 71 Mercer Law Review 779 (2020) (symposium).
  • Putin’s Revenge: The Foreign Threat to American Campaign Finance Law, 62 Howard Law Journal 855 (2019) (symposium).
  • Was the Democratic Nomination Rigged? A Reexamination of the Clinton-Sanders Presidential Race, 29 University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy 309 (2019).
  • Trump, Twitter, and the Russians: The Growing Obsolescence of Federal Campaign Finance Law, 27 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).
  • Has the South Changed? Shelby County and the Expansion of the Voter ID Battlefield, 19 Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights 109 (2013).
  • The Arlington Cemetery Case: A Court and a Nation Divided, 37 The Journal of Supreme Court History 1 (2012).


  • 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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