Visiting Professor
Eugene Mazo
Newark Campus
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
973-353-5332

Eugene Mazo is an expert in the law of democracy and writes about election law, legislation and constitutional law. He is the author of books and articles and his research focuses on the regulation of the political process, democratic development, and constitutional design.

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Biography

Professor Eugene Mazo is an expert in the law of democracy and a visiting professor at Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey. He writes in the areas of election law, legislation, and constitutional law, and he has taught these topics in addition to first-year courses such as contracts, torts, and civil procedure. Professor Mazo’s research focuses on the regulation of the political process, democratic development, and constitutional design. His first book, Election Law Stories (with Joshua A. Douglas), is being published by Foundation Press in 2016. He is currently working on a second book, Democracy by the People: Reforming Campaign Finance in America (with Timothy K. Kuhner), which will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.

Professor Mazo has long been a scholar of the democratic process. His doctoral work focused on understanding how new democracies design their legal systems and create new constitutions, and particularly how this process had been carried out in Russia and Eastern Europe. Professor Mazo has been a post-doctoral scholar and research fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), an affiliated scholar of the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), and a visiting researcher at the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES), all at Stanford University. He has been awarded grants for his research by the John M. Olin Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Prior to beginning his teaching career, Professor Mazo founded an appellate law firm that focused on counseling clients in California and in Washington, D.C., on various litigation matters, served as the general counsel of a small company in Silicon Valley, and worked as an associate at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.

Professor Mazo is the Chair-Elect of the Section on New Law Professors at the Association of American Law Schools. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Election Law and on the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Constitutional Law. Professor Mazo has often been cited in the media. His name has appeared in the New York Times, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, and Foreign Policy. Professor Mazo has also been a guest blogger on Prawfsblawg and can often be found ruminating about democracy on Twitter. His articles are available on the Social Science Research Network.

A graduate of Columbia College, Professor Mazo received a master's degree from Harvard, a doctorate in politics from Oxford, and a law degree from Stanford. Before coming to Rutgers Law School, he taught for several years at the Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Publications

Books

Democracy by the People: Reforming Campaign Finance in America (with Timothy K. Kuhner) (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017).

Election Law Stories (with Joshua A. Douglas) (Foundation Press, forthcoming 2016).

Articles and Book Chapters

“Residency and Democracy: Mapping the True Laws of Our Political Communities,” 42 Florida State University Law Review __ (forthcoming 2016).

The Right to Vote in Local Election: The Story of Kramer v. Union Free School District No. 15,” in Election Law Stories (Joshua A. Douglas and Eugene D. Mazo eds. forthcoming 2016).

“The Upstream Problem in Constitutionalism: Toward an Understanding of How Constitutions Are Written,” 50 Wake Forest Law Review 795 (2015).

“Campaign Finance and the Ecology of Democratic Speech” (with Michael Kent Curtis), 103 Kentucky Law Journal 529 (2015).

“The Voting Rights Act at 50 and the Section on Election Law at Birth: A Perspective,” 14 Election Law Journal 282 (2015) (peer-reviewed).

“The Disappearance of Corruption and the New Path Forward in Campaign Finance,” 9 Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy 259 (2014).

“Constitutional Roulette: The Russian Parliament’s Battle with the President over Appointing a Prime Minister,” 41 Stanford Journal of International Law 123 (2005).