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Jud Mathews

Jud Mathews

Jud Mathews

Professor of Law and Political Science
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Penn State Law
Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA 16802
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Professional Bio

Jud Mathews is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Penn State Law. His scholarly work focuses mostly on administrative law and constitutional law. He has written extensively about techniques of constitutional rights adjudication, in the United States and in other jurisdictions, and in particular about proportionality review. His scholarship in administrative law has explored, among other topics, the political economy of judicial deference doctrines and the tensions between administrative law and democratic theory. He is the author of two books published by Oxford University Press, Extending Rights’ Reach: Constitutions, Private Law, and Judicial Power, and Proportionality Balancing and Constitutional Governance: A Global and Comparative Approach (co-written with Alec Stone Sweet).

Prior to joining Penn State Law, Dean Mathews was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Law. After law school, he worked as a law clerk for Judge Guido Calabresi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Dean Mathews spent the 2021-22 academic year at the Humboldt University of Berlin with a research fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Areas of Interest

  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Judicial Politics
  • Western Europe, especially German speaking countries