Michael S. Kang

Class of 1940 Professor of Law


Michael S. Kang is a nationally recognized expert on campaign finance, voting rights, redistricting, judicial elections, and corporate governance. He is co-author, with Joanna Shepherd, of Free to Judge: The Power of Campaign Money in Judicial Elections (Stanford 2023). His research has been published widely in leading law journals and featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Forbes, among others. His recent work focuses on partisan gerrymandering; the influence of party and campaign finance on elected judges; the de-regulation of campaign finance after Citizens United; and so-called “sore loser laws” that restrict losing primary candidates from running in the general election. The American Constitution Society profiled Professor Kang’s empirical work (with Joanna Shepherd) on judicial campaign ads and judges’ criminal law decisions in Skewed Justice. Their findings were published in the Michigan Law Review and cited by Justice Ginsburg in Williams-Yulee v. Fla. Bar. Professor Kang also was appointed by President Biden to the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States. 

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Areas of Expertise

  • Election Law
  • Business Associations
  • Voting Rights and Redistricting
  • Campaign Finance
  • Judicial Elections

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  • BA, University of Chicago
  • MA, University of Illinois
  • JD, University of Chicago
  • PhD, Harvard University

Prior Appointments

  • William G. and Virginia K. Karnes Research Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Thomas Simmons Professor of Law, Emory Law School
  • Associate Dean of Faculty, Emory Law School
  • Ralph S. Tyler, Jr., Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Visiting Professor of Law, Cornell Law School

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