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Abby K. Wood

Abby K. Wood

Associate Professor of Law, Political Science and Public Policy

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Last Updated: April 22, 2019




Abby Wood joined USC Gould School of Law in spring 2014 as assistant professor of law, political science, and public policy. Her research is at the intersection of law and politics, with current papers on government transparency, anti-corruption initiatives, and campaign finance. Most of her research uses large datasets and sophisticated quantitative analysis to show causal effects of institutional changes on human behavior. Wood teaches administrative law, campaign finance, and analytical methods for lawyers. She has taught on a variety of subjects, including international human rights law, constitutional law, quantitative methods for political science, and comparative politics.

Before joining USC Gould, Wood clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan, judge of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She also has consulted on good governance projects in association with USAID, World Bank, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and UNDP.

Wood graduated summa cum laude from Austin College and earned her JD from Harvard Law School, where she was a senior editor of the Harvard International Law Journal. Concurrent with her law degree, Wood completed a MA in Law and Diplomacy, with a specific focus in development economics, at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, at Tufts University. In 2012, Wood earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
 

Works in Progress

  • “Mind the (Participation) Gap: Vouchers, Voting, and Visibility” (with Christopher Elmendorf and Douglas Spencer). - (SSRN)
  • "Show Me the Money: 'Dark Money' and the Informational Benefit of Campaign Finance Disclosure" - (SSRN)
  • “Campaign Finance Transparency Affects Legislative Candidate Performance at the Polls” (with Christian Grose).
  • “Bureaucratic Agency Problems and Legislative Oversight” (with Sean Gailmard and Janna Rezaee).

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Polling Place Practices” in The Future of Election Administration: Cases and Conversations (Mitchell Brown, Kathleen Hale and Bridgett A. King, eds.) (forthcoming Palgrave, 2019). - (www)
  • "Waiting to Vote in the 2016 Presidential Election: Evidence from a Multi-county Study," (with Robert M. Stein and others), Political Research Quarterly (forthcoming 2019) - (www)
  • "Elite Political Ignorance: Law, Data, and the Representation of (Mis)Perceived Electorates" (with Christopher S. Elmendorf). UC Davis Law Review 52 (2018): 571.  - (SSRN) - (Hein)
  • "Pedagogical Value of Polling-Place Observation By Students" (with Christopher B. Mann, et al.). PS: Political Science & Politics 51 (2018): 831 - (www)
  • "Campaign Finance Disclosure." Annual Review of Law and Social Science 14 (2018): 11. - (www)
  • "Fool Me Once: Regulating 'Fake News' and other Online Advertising" (with Ann M. Ravel). Southern California Law Review  91 (2018): 1223. - (SSRN) - (Hein) - (www)
  • “Agency Performance Challenges and Agency Politicization” (with David E. Lewis). Journal of Public Administration, Research, and Theory 27 (2017): 581 . - (www) - (SSRN)
  • "Twombly and Iqbal at the State Level" (with Roger M. Michalski). Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 14, no. 2 (2017): 424. - (SSRN) - (www)
  • “In the Shadows of Sunlight: The Effects of Transparency on State Political Campaigns” (with Douglas M. Spencer). Election Law Journal 15, no. 4 (2016): 302. - (SSRN) - (www)
  • "Caught in the Act but not Punished: On Elite Rule of Law and Deterrence" (with Francesca R. Jensenius). Penn State Journal of International Law & Policy 4, no. 2 (2016): 686 (peer reviewed). - (SSRN) - (Hein)
  • “Citizens United, States Divided: An Empirical Analysis of Independent Political Spending”, with Douglas Spencer. Indiana Law Journal 89 (2014): 315. - (SSRN) - (Hein) - (www)
  • “Charm and Punishment: How the Philippines’ Leading Man Became Its Most Famous Prisoner.” In Prosecuting Heads of State, edited by Ellen Lutz and Caitlin Reiger. Cambridge University Press, 2009. - (www)

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

Los Angeles Times
June 18, 2019
Re: Jody David Armour

quoted Jody David Armour was quoted on the recent incident of an LAPD officer opening fire in a Costco store, and the legitimacy of firearm permits in California. “The real question will be whether a reasonable person in the situation of the shooter would have believed he was under attack, threatened with death or serious bodily injury,” said Armour. “The shooter has to feel like they’re about to be attacked and there was no less drastic alternative.” Armour's quote was also mentioned in the MSN, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and Pittsburgh-Post Gazette.

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Lisa Klerman
April, 2019

“Labor and Employment Law Jeopardy,” Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section Annual Retreat, Westlake Village, CA.

Hannah Garry
April, 2019

Hannah Garry co-facilitated "#MeToo" at the International Human Rights Clinicians Conference held at the Univeristy of Pennsylvania Law School.

Thomas D. Lyon
April, 2019

Tom Lyon received a one-year $250,000 grant from the California Office of Emergency Services Child Advocacy Center Program for his and his lab's interviewing work in the Los Angeles County Dependency Court.