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Abby K. Wood

Associate Professor of Law, Political Science and Public PolicyUSC Gould School of Law

Abby K. Wood
Work: (213) 740-8012
Fax: (213) 740-5502
699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA Room: 434
Personal Website: http://www.abbykwood.com/

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Abby Wood joined USC Gould in spring 2014 as assistant professor of law, political science, and public policy. Her research is at the intersection of law and politics, with current papers on government transparency, anti-corruption initiatives, and campaign finance. Most of her research uses large datasets and sophisticated quantitative analysis to show causal effects of institutional changes on human behavior. Wood teaches administrative law, campaign finance, and analytical methods for lawyers. She has taught on a variety of subjects, including international human rights law, constitutional law, quantitative methods for political science, and comparative politics.

Before joining USC Gould, Wood clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan, judge of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She has also consulted on good governance projects in association with USAID, World Bank, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and UNDP.

Wood graduated summa cum laude from Austin College and earned her JD from Harvard Law School, where she was a senior editor of the Harvard International Law Journal. Concurrent with her law degree, Wood completed a MA in Law and Diplomacy, with a specific focus in development economics, at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, at Tufts University. In 2012, Wood earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Works in Progress

  • "Campaign Finance Transparency and the Information Benefit"
  • "Campaign Finance Disclosure"
  • “Agency Performance Challenges and Agency Politicization,” with David E. Lewis. Under review. - (SSRN)
  • “Bureaucratic Agency Problems and Legislative Oversight,” with Janna Rezaee and Sean Gailmard.
  • “The Political Origins and Economic Effects of Whistleblower Laws”
  • "Bounty Hunting: The Limits of Financial Incentives for Reporting Corruption." - (SSRN)

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “In the Shadows of Sunlight: The Effects of Transparency on State Political Campaigns,”  with Douglas M. Spencer, forthcoming, Election Law Journal - (SSRN)
  • "Twombly and Iqbal at the State Level," with Roger M. Michalski, forthcoming, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. - (SSRN)
  • "Caught in the Act but Not Punished: On Elite Rule of Law and Deterrence," with Francesca R. Jensenius, forthcoming, Penn State Journal of International Law & Policy (peer reviewed). - (SSRN)
  • “Citizens United, States Divided: An Empirical Analysis of Independent Political Spending”, with Douglas Spencer. 89 Indiana Law Journal 315 (2014). - (SSRN) - (Hein) - (www)
  • “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). - (www)

Last Updated: Thursday, March 9, 2017

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