Nancy Staudt

Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs
Edward G. Lewis Chair in Law and Public Policy
Academic Director, The Schwarzenegger Institute
USC Gould School of Law

Nancy Staudt
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Nancy Staudt is a nationally renowned scholar in tax, tax policy and empirical legal studies. She joined the USC Gould School of Law faculty in summer 2011, and is Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs and the inaugural holder of the Edward G. Lewis Chair in Law and Public Policy.  Staudt also holds an appointment as a professor of law and public policy at the USC Price School of Public Policy.  In August 2012, Staudt was appointed academic director of the newly established Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy.

Staudt has authored and edited numerous books and articles, and is a frequent speaker on taxation topics to both legal and scholarly audiences. Staudt has published extensively on the tax and tax policymaking decisions that take place in both the legislative and judicial branches of government, including the recent Corporate Shams (NYU Law Review 2012) and The Judicial Power of the Purse (Chicago University Press 2011). She is in the process of completing a book with two colleagues on the “Judicial Business Cycle,” which examines how and why economic conditions affect judges’ votes and case outcomes, and is finishing a project on the application of judicial anti-abuse doctrines in the corporate tax shelter context. In addition to her extensive list of publications, Staudt is the recipient of numerous awards, including a $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to build a Supreme Court database for use by law and social scientists, with USC Law Prof. Lee Epstein and three others.

Staudt holds a B.A. from Ohio State University, a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Chicago. Staudt previously was the Class of 1940 Research Professor of Law at Northwestern University. Before joining Northwestern, Staudt served as professor of law at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo., and the University of Buffalo School of Law. She has held visiting professorships at top law schools such as Vanderbilt University and Boston University as well as been a visiting scholar at Stanford University. Prior to her academic appointments, she was a tax associate at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco, Calif., and she clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and provided free legal services to battered women and organizations filing for tax-exempt status.


  • The Judicial Business Cycle (with Ray Duch and Lee Epstein) (under contract with University of Chicago Press).
  • The Judicial Power of the Purse: How Courts Fund National Defense in Times of Crisis (University of Chicago Press, 2011) (Reviewed in 125 Harvard Law Review 378 (2011)). - (Hein)
  • The Major Acts of Congress (edited with Brian Landsberg, Al Brophy, and Tom Sargentich) (Macmillan Press, 2003).

Articles and Book Chapters

  • Supercharged IPOs, Vanderbilt Law Review (forthcoming 2014) (with Victor Fleischer)
  • "Sham Transactions in the United States," in The Common Law Doctrine of the Sham: Reality and Pretence in Law  (Edwin Simpson and Miranda Stewart, ed., Oxford University Press, forthcoming) (with Joshua Blank)
  • "Corporate Shams," 87 New York University Law Review 1641 (2012) (with Joshua D. Blank). - (SSRN) - (Hein)
  • "Is Gender-Based Policymaking Relevant in the 21st Century?", 13 Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law 59 (2012) (with April Yanyuan Wu and Chao Wang) - (Hein)
  • "Causal Diagrams for Empirical Legal Research:  Methodology for Identifying Causation, Avoiding Bias, and Interpreting Results," 10 Journal of Law, Probability & Risk 329 (2011) (with Tyler VanderWeele)
  • "The Macroeconomic Court: Rhetoric and Implications of New Deal Decision-Making," 5 Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy 87 (2010) (with Yilie He). - (Hein)
  • "Methodological Advances and Empirical Legal Scholarship: A Note on Cox and Miles' Voting Rights Act Study," 109 Columbia Law Review Sidebar 42 (2009) (with Tyler VanderWeele). - (SSRN) - (www)
  • "Economic Trends and Judicial Outcomes: A Macro-Theory of the Court," 58 Duke Law Journal 1191 (2009) (with Tom Brennan and Lee Epstein). - (Hein)
  • "The Political Economy of Judging," 93 University of Minnesota Law Review 1503 (2009) (with Tom Brennan and Lee Epstein). - (Hein)
  • "On the Capacity of the Roberts Court to Generate Consequential Precedent," 86 University of North Carolina Law Review 1299 (2008) (with Barry Friedman and Lee Epstein). - (Hein)
  • "On the Role of Ideological Homogeneity in Generating Consequential Constitutional Decisions," 10 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 361 (2008) (with Barry Friedman and Lee Epstein). - (Hein)
  • "Judicial Decisions as Legislation: Congressional Oversight of Supreme Court Tax Cases, 1954-2005," 82 New York University Law Review 1340 (2007) (with Rene Lindstadt and Jason O'Connor). - (Hein)
  • "The Ideological Component of Judging in the Taxation Context," 84 Washington University Law Review 1797 (2006) (with Lee Epstein and Peter Wiedenbeck). - (Hein)
  • "Redundant Tax and Spending Programs," 100 Northwestern Law Review 1197 (2006). - (Hein)
  • "Judging Statutes: Interpretive Regimes," 38 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 1909 (2005) (with Peter Wiedenbeck, Lee Epstein, Rene Lindstadt, and Ryan J. Vander Wielen). - (Hein)
  • "Foreword: Theories of Statutory Interpretation (and Their Limits)," 38 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 1899 (2005) (with Ellen Aprill). - (Hein)
  • "Agenda Setting in Supreme Court Tax Cases: Lessons from the Blackmun Papers," 52 Buffalo Law Review 889 (2004). - (Hein)
  • "The Role of Qualifications in the Confirmation of Nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court," 32 Florida State University Law Review 1145 (2005) (with Lee Epstein, Jeffrey A. Segal, and Rene Lindstadt). - (Hein)
  • "On Tournaments for Appointing Great Justices to the U.S. Supreme Court," 78 Southern California Law Review 157 (2004) (with WERL members). - (Hein)
  • "Modeling Taxpayer Standing," 79 New York University Law Review 612 (2004). - (Hein)
  • "Tax Talk," 51 Canadian Tax Review 1931 (2003) (book review).
  • "Judging Statutes: Thoughts on the Interpretation of Laws and Notes for a Project on the Internal Revenue Code," 13 Washington University Journal of Law and Policy 305 (2003) (with Lee Epstein and Peter Wiedenbeck). - (Hein)
  • "Foreword: Empirical Taxation," 13 Washington University Journal of Law and Policy 1 (2003). - (SSRN) - (Hein)
  • "Taxpayers in Court: A Systematic Study of a (Misunderstood) Standing Doctrine," 52 Emory Law Journal 771 (2003). - (Hein)
  • "Taxation Without Representation," 55 Tax Law Review 555 (2002). - (Hein)
  • "Women's Economic Security in Old Age: The Importance of Private Savings," 16 New York Law School Journal of Human Rights 232 (1999) (symposium comments). - (Hein)
  • "Constitutional Politics and Balanced Budgets," 1998 University of Illinois Law Review 1105 (1998). - (Hein)
  • "The Theory and Practice of Taxing Difference," 65 University of Chicago Law Review 653 (1998) (book review). - (SSRN) - (Hein)
  • "Tax Theory and 'Mere Critique': A Reply to Professor Zelenak," 76 North Carolina Law Review 1581 (1998). - (Hein)
  • "The Hidden Costs of the Progressivity Debate," 50 Vanderbilt Law Review 919 (1997). [Reprinted in Critical Tax Theory: An Introduction (Anthony Infanti & Bridget Crawford, eds.) (Cambridge University Press, 2009).] - (Hein)
  • "Taxation and Gendered Citizenship," 6 Southern California Review of Law and Women's Studies 533 (1997). - (Hein)
  • "Taxing Housework," 84 Georgetown Law Journal 1571 (1996). [Reprinted in Critical Tax Theory: An Introduction (Anthony Infanti & Bridget Crawford, eds.) (Cambridge University Press, 2009).] - (Hein)
  • "The Political Economy of Taxation: A Critical Review of a Classic," 30 Law and Society Review 651 (1996) (book review). - (Hein)
  • "Controlling Securities Fraud: Proposed Liability Standards for Controlling Persons Under the 1933 and 1934 Securities Acts," 72 Minnesota Law Review 930 (1988). - (Hein)