USC Price School of Public Policy

Nancy Staudt

Nancy Staudt

Edward G. Lewis Professor of Law and Public Policy

Phone: (213) 740-9281

Ph.D. in Public Policy, University of Chicago

J.D., University of Minnesota


Public policy, law, tax, tax policy, courts

Biographical sketch

Dr. Staudt is a renowned tax and tax policy scholar. She holds the Edward G. Lewis Chair in Law at USC. She has published extensively on tax policymaking decisions taking place in the legislative and judicial branches of government, including her recent book, The Judicial Power of the Purse: How Courts Fund National Defense in Times of Crisis (Chicago University Press, 2011). She’s co-authoring The Judicial Business Cycle (forthcoming, Chicago University Press), which examines how and why economic conditions affect judges’ votes and case outcomes. She also co-edited The Major Acts of Congress (Macmillan Press, 2003).

Dr. Staudt has authored articles published in journals such as Northwestern Law Review, New York University Law Review, Washington Journal of Law and Policy, Georgetown Law Journal, and Law and Society Review; in addition she has co-authored articles published in Journal of Law, Probability and Risk; Columbia Law Review; and University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.

She, along with two colleagues, received a $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to build a Supreme Court database for use by law and social scientists. She holds a joint appointment with USC’s Gould School of Law, and most recently held the position of Professor of Law at Northwestern University.