Douglas M. Spencer

Associate Professor of Law, University of Colorado Boulder
Chapter Member: Colorado SSN
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Spencer is an election law scholar whose research addresses the role of prejudice and racial attitudes in voting rights litigation, the empirical implications of campaign finance regulations, and the ways that election rules and political campaigns contribute to growing inequality in America. Spencer has worked as an expert witness in voting rights and campaign finance cases and, prior to law teaching, was a law clerk at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco, an election monitor in Thailand for the Asian Network for Free Elections, and a researcher for the Pew Center on the States’ Military and Overseas Voting Reform.


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Research discussed by Sean Illing, in "Trump Declared a National Emergency at the Border. I Asked 11 Experts if it’s Legal.," Vox, February 15, 2019.
Research discussed by Jim Malone, in "Is End of Russia Probe in Sight?," Voices of America, December 3, 2018.
Opinion: "Affirmative Action Setback in the Supreme Court Could be a Boost to Voting Rights," Douglas M. Spencer (with Christopher Elmendorf), The New Republic, April 29, 2014.
Opinion: "Fears Over Impact of Citizens United May be Misplaced," Douglas M. Spencer (with Abby Wood), London School of Economics USApp Blog, January 27, 2014.
Opinion: "How to Save the Voting Rights Act: Here’s the Best Option for Congress," Douglas M. Spencer (with Christopher Elmendorf), Slate, July 17, 2013.
Opinion: "Are the Covered States ‘More Racist’ than Other States?," Douglas M. Spencer (with Christopher Elmendorf), Election Law Blog, March 4, 2013.