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Eugene Mazo

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law


Eugene Mazo is an expert in the law of democracy. He writes about election law, constitutional law, and legislation, and he teaches classes in those areas in addition to first-year courses in contracts, torts, and civil procedure. Professor Mazo’s research focuses on the regulation of the political process, democratic development, and constitutional design. He is the editor (with Joshua A. Douglas) of Election Law Stories, which is being published by Foundation Press in 2016. Prior to teaching, Professor Mazo founded Parker & Mazo, an appellate law firm that focused on counseling clients in California and in Washington, D.C., on complex litigation matters. He also worked for Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and served as the general counsel of a small company in Silicon Valley.

Professor Mazo’s prior doctoral work focused on constitution-making in developing countries, particularly in Russia and Eastern Europe, and he is an authority on Russian affairs in addition to American law. He has been a post-doctoral scholar and research fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), an affiliated scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), and a visiting researcher at the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES), all at Stanford University. He has also been awarded grants for his research by the John M. Olin Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. A graduate of Columbia College, Professor Mazo received his master's degree from Harvard, a doctorate in politics and international relations from Oxford, and his law degree from Stanford.

Professor Mazo has been cited in the New York Times, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, Foreign Policy, as well as locally in the Charlotte Observer, Greensboro News & Record, and Winston-Salem Journal. He has been a guest blogger on Prawfsblawg and can often be found ruminating about democracy on Twitter.