Joshua Douglas

• Law Professor & author of 'Vote for US: How to Take Back our Elections and Change the Future of Voting'

Professor Joshua A. Douglas of the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law is the Ashland-Spears, Inc. Distinguished Research Professor of Law. He teaches and researches election law and voting rights, civil procedure, constitutional law, and judicial decision making. He is the author of Vote for US: How to Take Back our Elections and Change the Future of Voting, a popular press book that provides hope and inspiration for a positive path forward on voting rights.

His most recent legal scholarship focuses on the constitutional right to vote, with an emphasis on state constitutions, as well as the various laws, rules, and judicial decisions impacting election administration. He has also written extensively on election law procedure.

Professor Douglas has published in top journals, including the Georgetown Law Journal, Penn Law Review Online, Vanderbilt Law Review, Washington University Law Review, George Washington Law Review, William & Mary Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, and the Election Law Journal, among others. His article Procedural Fairness in Election Contests was a winner of the 2011-12 SEALS Call for Papers, and he has been cited extensively in major law review articles and case books in the field.

He is also a co-author of an Election Law case book (Aspen Publishers 2014) and a co-editor of Election Law Stories (Foundation Press 2016), which tells the behind-the-scenes stories of the major cases in the field. In addition, his media commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, CNN, Washington Post, LA Times, USA Today, Reuters, Politico, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, and Slate, among others, and he has been quoted in major newspapers throughout the country. He appeared live on CNN on Election Day 2016.

Professor Douglas was the recipient of the 2019 Duncan Teaching Award at the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law. Further, he was the founder and initial Chair of the AALS Section on Election Law.

Prior to joining UK, Professor Douglas clerked for the Honorable Edward C. Prado of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and practiced litigation at the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. Professor Douglas earned his J.D. from George Washington University Law School, where he was an articles editor on the GW Law Review.

Professor Douglas enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, watching baseball (go Nationals!), training for marathons (he has run 5!), listening to the music from the musical Hamilton, and traveling the country and the world.

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How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting

Professor Joshua A. Douglas, an expert on our electoral system, examines how regular Americans are working to take back their democracy, one community at a time. Told through the narratives of those working on positive voting rights reforms, Douglas he will upnpack:

  • expanding voter eligibility

  • easing voter registration rules

  • making voting more convenient

  • enhancing accessibility at the polls

  • providing voters with more choices

  • finding ways to comply with voter ID rules

  • giving redistricting back to the voters

  • pushing back on big money through local and state efforts

  • using journalism to make the system more accountable

  • and improving civics education

Unusually accessible for a lay audience and thoroughly researched, Josh's work gives anyone fed up with our current political environment the ideas and tools necessary to effect change in their own communities.


Vote for US: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting

An expert on US election law presents an encouraging assessment of current efforts to make our voting system more accessible, reliable, and effective

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