Faculty Profiles

Michael S. Kang

Michael S. Kang

Thomas Simmons Professor of Law, Associated Faculty, Political Science Department

Areas of Expertise

Election Law, Campaign Finance, Political Parties, Judicial Elections, Judicial Behavior, Redistricting and Voting Rights, Corporate Governance, Business Associations, Direct Democracy

Curriculum Vitae

Assistant: Daniel Kim

Michael S. Kang is the Thomas Simmons Professor at Emory University School of Law and a nationally recognized expert on campaign finance, voting rights, redistricting, judicial elections, shareholder voting, and corporate governance.  Kang’s work has been published widely in leading law journals, including the Yale Law JournalNYU Law Review, and Stanford Law Review, and has been featured in the New York TimesWashington Post, and Forbes, among others.  His recent research focuses on partisan gerrymandering; the influence of party and campaign finance on elected judges; the de-regulation of campaign finance after Citizens United; and so-called “sore loser laws” that restrict losing primary candidates from running in the general election.  The American Constitution Society profiled Professor Kang’s empirical work (with Joanna Shepherd) on judicial campaign ads and judges’ criminal law decisions in Skewed Justicehttp://skewedjustice.org/.  Their findings were published in the Michigan Law Review and cited by Justice Ginsburg in Williams-Yulee v. Fla. Bar

Kang received his BA and JD from the University of Chicago, where he served as technical editor of the Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. He also received a PhD in government from Harvard University and an MA from the University of Illinois.  At the University of Chicago, Kang studied constitutional law with then-lecturer Barack Obama, and after law school, he clerked for Judge Kanne on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and worked in private practice at Ropes & Gray in Boston before joining the Emory Law faculty.  A born-and-bred Chicagoan, he roots unsuccessfully for the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, and White Sox.  

Education: BA, JD, University of Chicago; MA, University of Ilinois; PhD, Harvard University

Panel Discussions and Presentations

  • “The Brave New World of Party Campaign Finance” (Florida State Law Review Symposium) Tallahassee, Florida, March 27, 2015 and Keller Center for the Study of the 1st Amendment at the University of Colorado-Boulder on April 13, 2015, and at a public law workshop at Columbia Law School in New York City on April 3, 2015.
  • "State and Local Elections in Court: Mixing it Up," 13th Annual Richard E. Nelson Symposium, University of Florida, Levin College of Law, February 7, 2014
  • "The Future of Campaign Finance," George Washington Law Symposium on Political Law. November 16, 2012.  Participants:  Prof. Richard Briffault (Columbia); Eliza Newlin Carney (Roll Call); Prof. Michael Kang (Emory); Trevor Potter (Campaign Legal Center); Prof. Brad Smith (Capital University).
  • "Do Partisan Primaries Serve the Public Interest?" A COMPASS Conversation, co-sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center, Ohio State University.
  • Work referenced in "Why Politicians Who Lose a Primary Can't Win a General Election," Washington Monthly, September 30, 2013.

Radio Interviews