Professor of Law
Areas of ExpertiseCivil Procedure, Evidence, Election Law, National Security Law, Legal History
EducationJ.D. Harvard University, 2005
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002
M.A. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 1996
B.A. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 1993
ExperienceDrake Professor since 2011
Member, Iowa Public Information Board, 2012-present
Attorney, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C., 2005-2008, 2009-2011
U.S. Navy Reserve Officer, 2005-2008, 2009-2013
U.S. Navy Officer, 2008-2009
Staff Officer, Joint Task Force 134, Multi-National Forces-Iraq, Baghdad, 2008-2009
History Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000-2001
Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997-2000
The Last Battle of the Civil War: United States versus Lee, 1861-1883 (Louisiana State University Press, 2011)
“Ramshackle Federalism: America’s Archaic and Dysfunctional Presidential Election System,” 85 Fordham Law Review ___ (forthcoming in 2016).
"The 40-Year War on Money in Politics: Watergate, FECA, and the Future of Campaign Finance Reform," 77 Ohio State Law Journal _____ (forthcoming in 2016).
“Collateral Damage and the Laws of War: D-Day as a Case Study,” 55 American Journal of Legal History 229 (September 2015).
"A Delicate Balance: Liberty and Security in the Age of Terrorism," 63 Drake Law Review 1015 (Fall 2015).
"In Defense of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission," 24 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy 221 (2015).
“Has the South Changed? Shelby County and the Expansion of the Voter ID Battlefield,” 19 Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights 109 (Fall 2013).
“To End Gerrymandering: The Canadian Model for Reforming the Congressional Redistricting Process in the United States,” 41 Capital University Law Review 999 (2013).
“The Case for Limiting Federal Criminal Jurisdiction Over State and Local Campaign Contributions,” 65 Arkansas Law Review 587 (October 2012)
“The Futility of Contribution Limits in the Age of Super PACs,” 60 Drake Law Review 755 (Spring 2012)
“The Arlington Cemetery Case: A Court and a Nation Divided,” 37 The Journal of Supreme Court History 1 (March 2012)
“Watergate, Judge Sirica, and the Rule of Law,” 42 McGeorge Law Review 343 (2011)
Significant AccomplishmentsLeland Forrest Outstanding Professor of the Year, Drake University Law School (2016).
Leland Forrest Outstanding Professor of the Year, Drake University Law School (2015).
Defense Meritorious Service Medal, U.S. Department of Defense (for service in Iraq, 2008-2009)
Iraq Campaign Medal, U.S. Department of Defense (2009)
Teaching Fellow, College of Letters and Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2001)
Excellence in Teaching Award, The Graduate School, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2000)
French-Felton Award for Inspirational Teaching, College of Letters and Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1998)
Citation for Distinguished Teaching, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1998)