Douglas M. Spencer

Visiting Professor of Law

(spring term)


Doug Spencer is a Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Associate Professor of Law at the University of Colorado. He writes about the empirical foundations of voting rights enforcement and campaign finance jurisprudence.

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Douglas M. Spencer

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Faculty Assistant


Monika Piotrowicz

Education & Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2013
J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 2011
M.P.P., University of California, Berkeley, 2008
B.A., Columbia University, 2004

Courses Taught


  • Election Law

Doug Spencer is a Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Associate Professor of Law at the University of Colorado. Spencer is an election law scholar whose research addresses the role of prejudice and racial attitudes in voting rights litigation, and the ways that election rules and political campaigns contribute to growing inequality in America. He has been published in the California Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, Iowa Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, Yale Law & Policy Review, Yale Law Journal Forum, and the Election Law Journal among other outlets.

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 Project.