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"...to foster academic research on state-level democracy, government institutions, and public law across the nation."

Mission & Vision

The State Democracy Research Initiative’s mission is to foster academic research on state-level democracy, government institutions, and public law across the nation. The Initiative aims to shine a spotlight on the states, which traditionally receive less attention than the federal government in legal scholarship and education, and to serve as a resource for academics, policymakers, and advocates across the country.

Meet the Faculty Directors

Miriam Seifter headshotMiriam Seifter, Faculty Co‑Director

Miriam Seifter is an Associate Professor of Law and Rowe Faculty Fellow in Regulatory Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Her recent work examines state constitutional and administrative law, with a focus on challenges facing democracy at the state level. She teaches state and local government law, administrative law, and property law and is a co-founder of the State and Local Government Law Blog.

For more, see Miriam’s full bio and her publications, or follow Miriam on Twitter: @MiriamSeifter.

Robert Yablon headshotRobert Yablon, Faculty Co‑Director

Robert Yablon is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. His recent work explores questions in political and election law, with attention to redistricting and campaign finance. He teaches civil procedure, federal jurisdiction, and the law of democracy and is an affiliate of the Elections Research Center.

For more, see Robert’s full bio and his publications, or follow Robert on Twitter: @RobYablon.

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