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First Name
Abby
Last Name
Wood
Country
University
USC
Keywords
Campaign finance Bureaucracy Public Law Experimental Research
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About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of Law, Political Science, and Public Policy at USC Gould School of Law.  I teach Administrative Law, Money in Politics, and Analytical Methods for Lawyers. My research centers around our efforts to improve public governance via information provision.  I use empirical methods to help answer questions about how laws — especially laws aimed at transparency — incentivize behavior. My work appears in Journal of Empirical Legal StudiesElection Law Journal, and Indiana Law Journal. It has been featured by Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

My latest research investigates the costs and benefits of campaign finance disclosure laws. Other ongoing research focuses on different aspects of transparency and information provision, like freedom of information and whistleblower laws, as well as laws that raise the bar for access to discovery (information from the opposing side) in civil court.

Recent Publications

Twombly and Iqbal at the State Level, with Roger Michalski. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies (forthcoming 2017).

In the Shadows of Sunlight: An Empirical Study of Campaign Finance Transparency, with Douglas M. Spencer.  Election Law Journal 15(4): 302-329.

Caught in the Act but not Punished: on Elite Rule of Law and Deterrence, with Francesca Jensenius.  Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs, vol 4, p.686 (2016). 

Citizens United, States Divided: Evidence of Elasticity in Independent Expenditures, with Douglas M. Spencer.  Indiana Law Journal, vol. 89, no.1, pp. 315-372 (2014)

“Charm and Punishment: How the Philippines’ leading man became its most famous prisoner”, in Prosecuting Heads of State (Ellen Lutz and Caitlin Reiger, eds., Cambridge University, 2009)

Media Coverage

My work has been covered by Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and other outlets.

I’ve been interviewed by BBC World Service, the AP, Marketplace, among other outlets.

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