Abby Wood joined USC Gould School of Law in spring 2014 as assistant professor of law, political science, and public policy. Her research is at the intersection of law and politics, with current papers on government transparency, anti-corruption initiatives, and campaign finance. Most of her research uses large datasets and sophisticated quantitative analysis to show causal effects of institutional changes on human behavior. Wood teaches administrative law, campaign finance, and analytical methods for lawyers. She has taught on a variety of subjects, including international human rights law, constitutional law, quantitative methods for political science, and comparative politics.
Before joining USC Gould, Wood clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan, judge of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She also has consulted on good governance projects in association with USAID, World Bank, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and UNDP.
Wood graduated summa cum laude from Austin College and earned her JD from Harvard Law School, where she was a senior editor of the Harvard International Law Journal. Concurrent with her law degree, Wood completed a MA in Law and Diplomacy, with a specific focus in development economics, at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, at Tufts University. In 2012, Wood earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
In addition to Wood’s academic work, she also serves the public. She is currently a Commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission, a member of the FPPC’s Digital Transparency Task Force, and a board member at the National Institute for Money in Politics.