Douglas M. Spencer

Associate Professor of Law and Public Policy and Roger S. Baldwin Scholar
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Office: Chase 315
  • Administrative Law
  • Legislation
  • Election Law
  • Empirical Methods for Lawyers

Douglas Spencer is an Associate Professor with appointments in both the law school and the department of public policy. His research interests include the empirical study of public law, campaign finance, voting rights, and election administration. He teaches Constitutional Law, Election Law, and the Introduction to Public Policy course in the Master of Public Administration program at UConn.

Professor Spencer's research has been published, or is forthcoming, in the Columbia Law Review, Californiat Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, University of Illinois Law Review, Journal of Law & Courts, and the Election Law Journal. His work has also been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Slate and other media outlets.

Professor Spencer was a clerk at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco, and worked at the U.S. Department of the Interior and the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group in Washington, DC. In 2005 he was an election monitor for the Thailand national parliamentary elections and later worked as a non-resident researcher for the Pew Center on the States' Military and Overseas Voting Reform Project.

Professor Spencer holds a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, a J.D. from Berkeley Law, an M.P.P. from UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy, and a B.A. degree in Philosophy from Columbia University.

Douglas M. Spencer & Christopher S. Elmendorf, Administering Section 2 of the VRA After Shelby County, 115 Colum. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2015)

Douglas M. Spencer & Gabriel J. Chin, Did Multicultural America Result From a Mistake? The 1965 Immigration Act and Evidence From Roll Call Votes, 2015 U. Ill. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2015).

Douglas M. Spencer & Christopher S. Elmendorf, The Geography of Racial Stereotyping: Evidence and Implications for VRA "Preclearance" After Shelby County 102 Cal. L. Rev. 1123 (2014)

Douglas M. Spencer & Sean Farhang, Legislating Incentives for Attorney Representation in Civil Rights Litigation, 2 J.L. & Courts 241 (2014)

Douglas M. Spencer & Abby K. Wood, Citizens United, States Divided: An Empirical Analysis of Independent Political Spending, 89 Ind. L.J. 315 (2014)

Douglas M. Spencer & Christopher S. Elmendorf, Are Ballot Titles Biased? Partisanship in California's Supervision of Direct Democracy, 3 U.C. Irvine L. Rev. 2013

Douglas M. Spencer & Zachary S. Markovits, Long Lines at Polling Stations? Observations from an Election Day Field Study, 9 Election Law Journal 3 (2010)