Abby K. Wood

Assistant Professor of Law, Political Science and Public Policy
Ph.D., Political Science,
University of California, Berkeley
J.D., Harvard Law School
M.A.L.D., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Gould School of Law
Los Angeles, California 90089-0071
Curriculum Vitae

Wood is an Assistant Professor of Law at USC Gould School of Law. She teaches Administrative Law and Analytical Methods for Lawyers. Wood’s research centers around efforts to improve public governance via information provision. She uses empirical methods to help answer questions about how laws — especially laws aimed at transparency — incentivize behavior.

Wood’s latest research investigates the costs and benefits of campaign finance disclosure laws. Other ongoing research focuses on different aspects of transparency and information provision, like freedom of information and whistleblower laws, as well as laws that raise the bar for access to discovery (information from the opposing side) in civil court.

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Citizen’s United, political spending, administrative law, campaign finance, public law and corruption


Spencer, Douglas M; Wood, Abby K. (2014). Citizens United, states divided: an empirical analysis of independent political spending. Indiana Law Journal 89(1), 315-372.

Wood, Abby K. (2009). Charm and Punishment: How the Philippines’ leading man became its most famous prisoner. In Prosecuting Heads of State. Cambridge University Press, 111-129.