Douglas Spencer's research and writing focus on several important questions regarding the institutional regulation of elections at the intersection of law and political science, including many empirical questions that remain underexplored by legal scholars. The holder of a master's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy, a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, and a Ph.D. in jurisprudence and social policy, also from Berkeley, Professor Spencer's teaching interests include administrative law, election law, empirical methods for lawyers, and law and economics.

The author of several articles on a range of election-related topics, his recent work examines the geography of voter discrimination and the path for Congress to design a new "coverage formula" for the Voting Rights Act in the wake of Shelby County v. Holder. Professor Spencer is a three-time recipient of Berkeley's "Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor," an honor bestowed on him by both the Political Science Department and Legal Studies Department. As a graduate student at the Goldman School of Public Policy, he was editor-in-chief of PolicyMatters. As an undergraduate at Columbia, he served as editor of the Columbia Undergraduate Philosophy Review.

Professor Spencer was a law clerk at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco and has 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 during 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.

            Curriculum Vitae

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            Ph.D., UC Berkeley, 2013
            JD, Berkeley Law, 2011
            MPP, UC Berkeley, 2008
            BA, Columbia University, 2004

            Research Interests
            » Constitutional Law
            » Law of the Political Process
            » Administrative Law
            » Empirical Methods for Lawyers
            » Law and Economics