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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, Legal and Constitutional History


JD – Harvard Law School 
PhD (history) – University of Wisconsin-Madison
MA – Louisiana State University
BA – University of Minnesota

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

  • The Influence of Partisanship on Supreme Court Election Law Rulings, 36 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy 553 (2022)
  • The Dynamics of Democratic Breakdown: A Case Study of the American Civil War, 11 British Journal of American Legal Studies 113 (2022) (peer reviewed)
  • James Madison, Citizens United, and the Constitutional Problem of Corruption, 69 American University Law Review 1485 (2020)
  • Putin’s Revenge: The Foreign Threat to American Campaign Finance Law, 62 Howard Law Journal 855 (2019)
  • Illiberal Democracy: The Toxic Mix of Fake News, Hyperpolarization, and Partisan Election Administration, 12 Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy 57 (2017)
  • The 40-Year War on Money in Politics: Watergate, FECA, and the Future of Campaign Finance Reform, 77 Ohio State Law Journal 791 (2016)

Significant Accomplishments

  • Elected Member of the American Law Institute (2018)
  • Leland Forrest Outstanding Professor of the Year, Drake University Law School (2015, 2016, and 2021)
  • 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 HeinOnline Author Profile Page

Anthony Gaughan ORCID ID Page

Anthony Gaughan SSRN Author Page



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