Welcome to my site. I am Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Connecticut and from 2016-2017 I will be a Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Study of American Politics at Yale University. I am a trained political scientist and a lawyer. My research emphasizes the importance of using empirical evidence to judge voting rights, campaign finance, and election administration cases in the courts. My writing specifically aims to demystify statistics and to show how basic concepts of research design can improve the development of election law rules and the way they are judged.

My research has been published in the Columbia Law Review, California Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, University of Illinois Law Review, Journal of Law & Courts, and the Election Law Journal. My work has also been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Slate and other media outlets. I have worked as an expert witness in voting rights and campaign finance cases, as a law clerk at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco, an election monitor in Thailand for the Asian Network for Free Elections, and a researcher for the Pew Center on the States' Military and Overseas Voting Reform Project.

I hold 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.


            Curriculum Vitae

            E-mail: doug.spencer@law.uconn.edu
            Phone: (860) 570-5437

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