Visiting Associate Professor of Law
Eugene Mazo
Rutgers Law School
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
  • Expertise

Eugene Mazo is a nationally-recognized scholar of election law. He writes about voting rights, campaign finance, redistricting, legislation, and the theory and practice of democracy, both in the United States and around the world. His edited book The Best Candidate: Presidential Nomination in Polarized Times will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2020. His previous books include Democracy by the People: Reforming Campaign Finance in America (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and Election Law Stories (Foundation Press, 2016). Professor Mazo is currently the Chair of the Section on Election Law at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). He also serves on the executive committee of the AALS Section on Constitutional Law, and he is the past Chair of the Section on New Law Professors.

Professor Mazo has long been a scholar of the democratic process. He 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) at Stanford University. He has been awarded grants for his research by the Social Science Research Council and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and he is a past recipient of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. Prior to beginning his teaching career, he was as an associate at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.

Professor Mazo's name has often been cited in the media and has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, and Foreign Policy. He has been a guest blogger for Prawfsblawg and can frequently be found ruminating about democracy on Twitter. His articles are available on the Social Science Research Network. Professor Mazo has taught at a number of law schools, including Baltimore, George Mason, Maryland, and Wake Forest. A graduate of Columbia College, Professor Mazo holds a master's degree from Harvard, a doctorate in politics from Oxford, and a law degree from Stanford. The son of immigrants, he was raised in Newark, New Jersey.



The Best Candidate: Presidential Nomination in Polarized Times (with Michael R. Dimino) (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020).

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

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

Articles and Book Chapters

"Situating Constitutional Amendments," 30 Indiana International & Comparative Law Review (forthcoming 2020).

"Private Ordering and the Law of Democracy," 103 Iowa Law Review Online (forthcoming 2020).

"Our Campaign Finance Nationalism," 46 Pepperdine Law Review 759 (2019).

"Finding Common Ground on Voter ID Laws," 49 University of Memphis Law Review 1233 (2019).

"Path-Dependency in Soviet and Russian Constitution-Making," in Founding Moments in Constitutionalism (Richard Albert, Menaka Guruswamy & Nishchal Basnyat eds., 2019).

"Democracy by the Wealthy: Campaign Finance Reform as the Issue of Our Time," in Democracy by the People: Reforming Campaign Finance in America (Eugene D. Mazo & Timothy K. Kuhner eds., 2018) (with Timothy K. Kuhner).

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

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Legislation & Statutory Interpretation