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

Eugene Mazo is an expert in the law of democracy. He writes about election law, legislation, and constitutional law, and he teaches classes in those areas in addition to first-year courses in contracts, torts, and civil procedure. Professor Mazo's research focuses on the regulation of the political process, democratic development, and constitutional design.

  • Biography
  • Publications

Professor Eugene Mazo is an expert in the law of democracy. His research focuses on election law, legislation, the regulation of the political process, democratic development, and constitutional design. He also often writes about Russian law and politics. Professor Mazo’s book Election Law Stories (with Joshua A. Douglas) was published by Foundation Press in 2016. His newest book, Democracy by the People: Reforming Campaign Finance in America (with Timothy K. Kuhner), will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. Professor Mazo is Chair of the Section on New Law Professors at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). He also serves as Treasurer of the AALS Section on Election Law and on the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Constitutional Law.

Professor Mazo has long been a scholar of the democratic process. His doctoral work sought to understand how new democracies design their legal systems and create new constitutions, and particularly how this process played out in Russia and Eastern Europe. Professor Mazo was a post-doctoral scholar and research fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), an affiliated scholar at 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 academic career, he practiced law in Silicon Valley and was an associate at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.

Professor Mazo's name has often been cited in the media, appearing in publications such as The New York Times, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, and Foreign Policy. He has also been a guest blogger for Prawfsblawg and can often be found ruminating about democracy on Twitter. His articles are available on the Social Science Research Network. Profesor Mazo has taught at a number of law schools, including Rutgers, George Mason, and Wake Forest. A graduate of Columbia College, he holds a master's degree from Harvard, a doctorate in politics from Oxford, and a law degree from Stanford. 



Democracy by the People: Reforming Campaign Finance in America (with Timothy K. Kuhner) (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018).

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

Articles and Book Chapters

"Regulating Campaign Finance through Legislative Recusal Rules," in Democracy by the People: Reforming Campaign Finance in America (Timothy K. Kuhner & Eugene D. Mazo eds., forthcoming 2018).

"Path-Dependency in Russian Constitutionalism," in Founding Moments in Constitutionalism (Richard Albert & Menaka Guruswamy eds., forthcoming 2018).

"Rethinking Presidential Eligibility, 85 Fordham Law Review 1045 (2016).

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

“Residency and Democracy: Durational Residency Requirements from the Framers to the Present,” 42 Florida State University Law Review 611 (2016).

"The Maturing of Election Law," in Election Law Stories (Joshua A. Douglas & Eugene D. Mazo eds., 2016).

“The Upstream Problem in Constitutionalism,” 50 Wake Forest Law Review 795 (2015).

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

“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).

"What Causes Democracy?" Stanford Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law Working Paper Series, Paper #24 (2004).