Abby K. Wood
Professor of Law, Political Science, and Public Policy
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
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.
- Aneja, Abhay, Jacob M. Grumbach, and Abby K. Wood. Forthcoming, 2022. “Financial Inclusion in Politics“. NYU Law Review.
- Abby K. Wood. 2021. “Learning from Campaign Finance Information.” Emory Law Journal 70(5): 1091-1142.
- Wood, Abby and Christian Grose. Forthcoming. Campaign Finance Transparency Affects Legislators’ Election Outcomes and Behavior, American Journal of Political Science (Accepted 2020)
- Abby K. Wood. 2020. “Facilitating Accountability for Online Political Advertisements.” Ohio State Technology Law Journal 16(2): 520-557.
- Grose, Christian and Abby Wood. 2019. “Randomized experiments by government institutions and American political development.” Public Choice 185, 401-413.
- Stein, Robert, et al. 2019. “Waiting to Vote in the 2016 Presidential Election: Evidence from a Multi-jurisdiction Study.”Political Research Quarterly, 73(2):439-453.
- Stein, Robert, et al. 2019. “Polling Place Quality and Access” in The Future of Election Administration (Kathleen Hale and Bridgett A. King, eds., Palgrave, 2019).
- Abby K. Wood. 2018. “Campaign Finance Disclosure”. Annual Review of Law & Social Science 14(1): 11-27.
- Abby K. Wood, Ann M. Ravel, Irina Dykhne. 2018. “Fool Me Once: Government Regulation of “Fake News” and other Online Political Advertising.” 91 Southern California Law Review 1223-1278.
- Christopher S. Elmendorf & Abby K. Wood. 2018. “Elite Political Ignorance: Law, Data, and the Representation of (Mis)Perceived Electorates.” 52 U.C. Davis Law Review 571-636 (lead article).
- Mann, Christopher B., et al. 2018. “Pedagogical Value of Polling Place Observation By Students.” PS: Political Science & Politics (Oct) 831-837.
- Wood, Abby K. and David E. Lewis. 2017. “Agency Performance Challenges and Agency Politicization” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 27(4): 581–595. Supplemental appendix available here.
- Michalski, Roger M. and Abby Wood. 2017. “Twombly and Iqbal at the State Level” (with Roger M. Michalski) Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 14(2): 424-469.
- Wood, Abby K. and Douglas M. Spencer. 2016. “In The Shadows of Sunlight: An Empirical Study of Campaign Finance Transparency” Election Law Journal 15(4): 302-329.
- Jensenius, Francesca and Abby Wood. 2016. “Caught in the Act but not Punished: Why the Rule of Law is Key to Effective Deterrence” Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs. 686(4).
- Spencer, Douglas M. and Abby K. Wood. 2014. “Citizens United, States Divided: Evidence of Elasticity in Independent Expenditures” Indiana Law Journal 89(1):315-372.
- “Charm and Punishment: How the Philippines’ leading man became its most famous prisoner”, in Prosecuting Heads of State (Ellen Lutz and Caitlin Reiger, eds., Cambridge University, 2009)