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Law and Government Affiliated Faculty

The Program in Law and Government is one of the law school’s largest and most intellectually diverse units. The 20 faculty members affiliated with the program are nationally recognized scholars in a variety of areas as well as challenging, engaging teachers.

Professor Ganesh Sitaraman Ganesh Sitaraman, Director
Professor of Law

Ganesh Sitaraman‘s current research addresses issues in constitutional, administrative and foreign relations law. Professor Sitaraman is the author of The Public Option: How to Expand Freedom, Increase Opportunity, and Promote Equality (Harvard, 2019) (with Anne Alstott), The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution (Knopf, 2017), which was named one of The New York Times' 100 notable books of 2017, and The Counterinsurgent‘s Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars (Oxford University Press, 2012), which was awarded the 2013 Palmer Prize for Civil Liberties. Professor Sitaraman was on leave from Vanderbilt‘s faculty from 2011 to 2013, serving as Elizabeth Warren‘s policy director during her campaign for the Senate, and then as her senior counsel in the Senate. Read more...


Full-Time Faculty

allensworth Rebecca Allensworth studies the public policy and regulatory infrastructure of occupational licensing. Her work explores how courts and lawmakers should balance the need for expertise in regulating the occupations with the problems that can arise from self-regulation.

blumstein James Blumstein ranks among the nation's most prominent scholars of health law, law and medicine, and voting rights.
bressman Lisa Bressman is an innovative scholar in administrative law and statutory interpretation. clarke Jessica Clarke's research focuses on American equality law. She studies constitutional and statutory guarantees of non-discrimination based on traits such as race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion and disability.
fitzpatrick Brian Fitzpatrick's research at Vanderbilt focuses on class action litigation, federal courts, judicial selection and constitutional law. guthrie Chris Guthrie is a leading expert on behavioral law and economics, dispute resolution, negotiation and judicial decision making.
gautam hansGautam Hans G. S. Hans directs Vanderbilt’s First Amendment Clinic. His work examines the impact of technology on civil liberties. Associate Dean Sue Kay Susan Kay is an expert on criminal procedure and evidence, teaches the Criminal Practice Clinic.
Professor Nancy King Nancy King is an expert in the the areas of habeas corpus, trials, sentencing, appeals and plea bargaining. Professor Sara Mayeux Sara Mayeux researches and writes on criminal law and procedure, as well as American legal history.
Karla McKandersKarla McKanders began Vanderbilt’s first Immigration Practice Clinic, in which students represent indigent immigrants in humanitarian cases. Her scholarship focuses on immigration federalism and international systems for processing refugees.
meyer Timothy Meyer is an expert in public international law, with specialties in international trade and investment law and international energy governance. Professor Rob Mikos Robert Mikos studies federalism and criminal law issues, including drug law and policy.
Professor Michael Newton Michael Newton studies international humanitarian law and criminal law and and is an expert on the International Criminal Court. rossi Jim Rossi is nationally recognized for his research on administrative and energy law topics. His recent articles focus on the role of public utility doctrines and principles in modern energy markets, as well as federalism and other shared jurisdictional issues affecting agency regulation.
Professor Edward Rubin Edward Rubin,  studies and writes about constitutional law, administrative law and legal theory. ruhl J. B. Ruhl is an expert in environmental, natural resources and property law, and also studies the legal industry and legal technology.
serkin Christopher Serkin teaches and writes about land use and property law. His provocative scholarship addresses local governments, property theory, the Takings Clause, land use regulations and eminent domain. sharfstein Daniel Sharfstein's scholarship focuses on the legal history of race in the United States, as well as American legal history and property law.
sherry Suzanna Sherry's work in the area of constitutional law has earned her national recognition as one of the most well-known scholars in the field. She also writes extensively on federal courts and federal court procedures. stack Kevin Stack writes on administrative law, regulation, separation of powers, presidential powers, European Union administrative law, and the theoretical foundations of public law.
vandenbergh Michael Vandenbergh is a leading scholar in environmental and energy law whose research explores the relationship between formal legal regulation and informal social regulation of individual and corporate behavior. wuerth Ingrid Wuerth is a leading scholar of foreign affairs and public international law. She has written extensively on these topics, including the relationship between human rights and international law as whole, and about state-owned corporations.