Nathaniel Persily

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Nathaniel Persily
EducationYale University (BA, MA)
Stanford University (JD)
University of California, Berkeley (PhD)
WebsiteOfficial website

Nathaniel Persily is the James B. McClatchy Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, where he has taught since 2013. He is a scholar of constitutional law, election law, and the democratic process.[1]

Education and early career[edit]

Persily received his B.A./M.A. in political science from Yale University in 1992; his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1998, where he served as president of the Stanford Law Review; and his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2002.[2] Following law school, Persily clerked for the Honorable David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.[2]


Following his clerkship, Persily worked for two years as associate counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law.[2] Persily then joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was an assistant professor of law from 2001 to 2005 and a professor of law from 2005 to 2007.[2] At the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Persily won the Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2005.[3]

In 2007, Persily moved to Columbia Law School, where he was a professor of law from 2007 to 2008 and the Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science from 2008 to 2013.[2]

Persily joined the Stanford Law School faculty in 2013. At Stanford, Persily teaches courses on constitutional law, the law of democracy, and the legal regulation of the political process. He also co-teaches an advanced seminar on law and politics with Goodwin Liu, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court.[4]

Due to his expertise in voting rights, Persily has also served as a court-appointed expert on legislative districting for Georgia, Maryland, and New York,[1] and in 2012, was appointed by the Supreme Court of Connecticut as a special master for redistricting of Connecticut's congressional districts.[2] From 2013 to 2014, Persily served as a Senior Research Director for the Presidential Commission on Election Administration.[2] In 2021, Persily was appointed again as a special master to redraw Connecticut's congressional maps by the Connecticut Supreme Court. [5] In 2022 he was appointed by the New Hampshire Supreme Court to draw districts should the Governor and state legislature fail to agree on a new map. ( cite )


Persily is the editor of three books: Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy (Oxford UP, 2008), The Health Care Case: The Supreme Court's Decision and Its Implications (Oxford UP, 2013), and Solutions to Polarization (Cambridge UP, 2015).[1] He is currently editing a leading casebook on law and democracy (with Samuel Issacharoff, Pamela S. Karlan & Richard Pildes).[2]

Persily's scholarship has appeared in the Columbia Law Review, the New York University Law Review, the Harvard Law Review, the Southern California Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, and the Georgetown Law Journal.[6] Persily has also written on election law for The New York Times,[7] The Washington Post,[8] and Politico.[9]

A 2014 study found that between 2009 and 2013, Persily was the eighth most widely cited legal scholar in election law.[10]


  1. ^ a b c "Nathaniel Persily" Stanford Law School. Retrieved 27 June 2015
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Nathaniel Persily CV" Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Law School Teaching Awards". University of Pennsylvania Almanac. 52 (1). July 12, 2005. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Courses & Organizations". Stanford Law School. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  5. ^ Haigh, Susan. "High Court Again Taps Election Law Expert to Redraw Lines". NBC Connecticut. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  6. ^ "Publications". Stanford Law School. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  7. ^ Persily, Nathaniel (April 2, 2014). "Bringing Big Money Out of the Shadows". The New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  8. ^ Persily, Nathaniel (January 22, 2014). "American elections need help. Here's how to make them better". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  9. ^ Persily, Nathaniel (June 2, 2015). "The Mysterious Number of American Citizens". Politico. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  10. ^ Hasen, Rick. "Top Ten Law Faculty in Election Law by Scholarly Impact, 2009-2013. Election Law Blog. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2015.