About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 120-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
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Jeffery A. Jenkins
USC Gould School of Law
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Jeffery A. Jenkins holds appointments as professor of public policy, political science, and law at the USC Gould School of Law and Provost Professor of Political Science, Public Policy, and Law, Judith & John Bedrosian Chair of Governance and the Public Enterprise, Director of the Bedrosian Center, and Director of the Political Institutions and Political Economy (PIPE) Collaborative at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. He previously held tenure-stream positions at the University of Virginia, Northwestern University, and Michigan State University.
His research interests include American political institutions and development (with a special emphasis on Congress and political parties), lawmaking, separation-of-powers, and political economy. Much of his work takes a positive political theory (or rational choice) approach, and examines how political actors pursue their interests while being constrained by formal and informal institutional arrangements. His current work involves papers on the ideological content of federal lawmaking in the post-war era and book projects on how civil rights policy has been dealt with in Congress over time and how the Republican Party evolved in the South after the Civil War.
Jenkins holds a PhD in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MS in mathematical methods for the social sciences from Northwestern University. He has been a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University and Michigan State University.
He currently serves as the editor-in-chief of The Journal of Politics.
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
Robin Craig was cited in an article about Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency, in which the Sacketts are challenging the EPA's authority to regulate the use of their land under the Clean Water Act. Even if a given parcel (such as the Sackett's property) is not part of the "waters of the United States," activities on that parcel that result in pollution reaching regulated waters could be sufficient to subject such activities to federal regulation, she said. Please note this is a citation of a blog post by Craig on the American College of Environmental Lawyers website.
"Should the Expectations of Consumers Matter?," a review of of “Strict Products Liability 2.0: The Triumph of Judicial Reasoning over Mainstream Tort Theory” by Mark Geistfeld, in jotwell.com (Sept. 27, 2022).
"Taking Bets: The Supreme Court Is Just About to Split NPDES and Section 404 Permitting Under the Clean Water Act," American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) Blog (Sept. 30, 2022).
"Taking Cost-Benefit Analysis Seriously in Consumer Data Regulation," Truth on the Market Symposium: FTC Rulemaking on Unfair Methods of Competition (Sept. 12, 2022).