Douglas (Doug) Spencer

Associate Professor

401 UCB
2450 Kittredge Loop Drive
Wolf Law Building
Boulder, CO  80309
Office: 446
Phone: (303) 735-2086

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Doug Spencer is Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Connecticut. During the 2020-2021 academic year he is visiting Colorado Law as Distinguished Faculty Fellow at The Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law. Spencer is an election law scholar whose research addresses the role of prejudice and racial attitudes in Voting Rights Act litigation, the empirical implications of various campaign finance regulations, and the many ways that election rules and political campaigns contribute to growing inequality in America.

Spencer has been a professor at the University of Connecticut since 2013. He has taught as a Visiting Professor at the Yale Law School (2020) and at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy (2018-2019). He has also worked as an expert witness in voting rights and campaign finance cases. Prior to law teaching, Spencer 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.

Professor Spencer holds a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. He also earned a J.D. at Berkeley Law and a M.P.P. at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. He graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in 2004 with a B.A. in Philosophy.


Fall 2021 Legislation and Regulation LAWS 5205-802
Fall 2021 Election Law LAWS 7325-801