Kevin M. Stack

Professor of Law

Kevin Stack writes on administrative law, regulation, separation of powers, presidential powers, European Union administrative law, and the theoretical foundations of public law. His recent work has examined the interpretation of regulations, rulemaking processes, statutory interpretation and theories of regulation. He was recognized with the ABA's 2013 Annual Scholarship Award for the best published work in administrative law for his Michigan Law Review article, "Interpreting Regulations." That article prompted a study, which he authored, for the Administrative Conference of the United States resulting in a set of recommendations adopted by the Conference on how federal agencies should draft their regulations. He was awarded the 2015 Vanderbilt Chancellor's Award for Research for his Michigan Law Review article and follow-on study. He is co-author (with Lisa Bressman and Ed Rubin) of The Regulatory State (Aspen Publishers, second edition 2013), a casebook on statutes and administrative lawmaking. Professor Stack has served as a member of the Council of the Administrative and Regulatory Practice Section of the American Bar Association. He joined Vanderbilt's law faculty in 2007 and served as associate dean for research from 2008 to 2010 and again 2012 to 2015. Professor Stack came to Vanderbilt from the faculty of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University, which he joined in 2002 after practicing as an associate at Jenner & Block in Washington, D.C. Prior to practice, he served as a law clerk for Judge Kimba M. Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and for Judge A. Wallace Tashima of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Before earning his J.D., he spent two years studying philosophy at Oxford University supported by a Fulbright Scholarship. He is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland Bars. Professor Stack teaches Administrative Law, the Regulatory State, Legislation, the Nonmarket Environment of Business, Presidential Power, Civil Procedure, and European Union Law.

"How to Interpret a Regulation: First Principles," RegBlog, February 11, 2013


Research Interests

Administrative law, presidential power, statutory interpretation, separation of powers, European Union law

Representative Publications

  • "An Administrative Jurisprudence: The Rule of Law in the Administrative State," 115 Columbia Law Review 1986 (2015)
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  • "Purposivism in the Executive Branch: How Agencies Interpret Statutes," 109 Northwestern University Law Review 871 (2015)
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  • "Lessons from the Turn of the Twentieth Century for First-Year Courses on Legislation and Regulation," 65 Journal of Legal Education 28 (2015)
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  • "Legislative Scrutiny? The Political Economy and Practice of Legislative Vetoes of Administrative Acts in the European Union," 53 Journal of Common Market Studies 1268 (2015) (JCMS 2015 pp. 1–17 DOI: 10.1111/jcms.122522015) (with Michael Kaeding)
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  • "Reclaiming 'the Real Subject' of Administrative Law: A Critical Introduction to Bruce Wyman’s The Principles of the Administrative Law Governing the Relations of Public Officers (1903)," in Bruce Wyman, The Principles of the Administrative Law Governing the Relations of Public Officers (2014)
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  • "The Irony of Oversight: Delegated Acts and the Political Economy of the European Union’s Legislative Veto under the Treaty of Lisbon," 3 Theory and Practice of Legislation 61 (2014) (peer reviewed)
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  • The Regulatory State (Aspen Publishers, Second Edition, 2013) (with Lisa Schultz Bressman and Edward L. Rubin)
  • "Interpreting Regulations," 111 Michigan Law Review 355 (2012)
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  • "The One Percent Problem," 111 Columbia Law Review 1385 (2011) (with Michael P. Vandenbergh)
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  • "The Constitutional Foundation of Chenery," 116 Yale Law Journal 952 (2007)
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Contact Information

(615) 343-9220 (voice)
(615) 322-6631 (fax)
Room 250 (office)

Curriculum Vitae



J.D. Yale University
M. Litt. Oxford University
B.A. Brown University