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About Jud Mathews

Jud Mathews' scholarship brings a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to questions of public law. He has written extensively about techniques of constitutional rights adjudication, in the United States and in other jurisdictions, and in particular about proportionality review. His scholarship in administrative law has explored, among other topics, the political economy of judicial deference doctrines and the tensions between administrative law and democratic theory. His dissertation, which won the American Political Science Association’s Corwin Award for the best dissertation in the field of public law, is the basis of a forthcoming book to be published by Oxford University Press. Titled Extending Rights’ Reach: Constitutions, Private Law, and Judicial Power, the book explores how constitutional rights reshape legal relations among private parties in different jurisdictions.

Prior to joining Penn State Law, Professor Mathews was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Law. After law school, he worked as a law clerk for Judge Guido Calabresi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit before beginning his Ph.D. in political science at Yale.​


Present Assistant Professor of Law, Penn State Law

Administrative Law (7)

Constitutional Law (5)