I'm a law professor in my fourth year teaching at the University of Iowa. I have a J.D. from Harvard. I'm also a political scientist, and have a Ph.D. from Stanford, where I focused on normative political theory as well as political institutions; I hold a courtesy (zero-time) appointment in the UI Department of Political Science. In the 2014-5 academic year, I was a Member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study.
Over the last few years, my research has been focused on understanding the rule of law as an ideal at the nexus of normative political theory, constitutional law, and social science; this has culminated in a book, The Rule of Law in the Real World, which will be on shelves, courtesy of Cambridge University Press, around the end of January 2016.
I've also published research about critical race theory; about Classical Athenian law and political thought; about corruption; about economic equality, markets, and liberty; and about the Affordable Care Act. (These topics are actually connected!) I'm now embarking on some exciting new projects, investigating democratic theory and judicial review, as well as the jurisprudential implications of quantitative prediction of judicial decisions.
In the classroom, I usually find myself teaching Constitutional Law (I and II), Torts soon, and in the past and possible future the Policy Lab, Professional Responsibility (legal ethics). Back in grad school, I participated in teaching a number of topical courses in contemporary political theory in various ways. One day, I intend to find an excuse to teach Classical Athenian Law, Jurisprudence, and/or Quantitative and Computational methods for lawyers, and a hybrid political theory/social scientific methods seminar, all of which I've been scheming up for years.