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.

Faculty & Staff

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Miriam Seifter

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.


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Robert Yablon

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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Allie Boldt

Allie Boldt is the Legal Research Director for the State Democracy Research Initiative. Before joining University of Wisconsin Law School, Allie worked for the state of Wisconsin. She previously served as a Legal Fellow and Counsel for the nonprofit organization Demos, where she focused on democracy law. For more, see Allie’s full bio.


Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown is a Senior Staff Attorney with the State Democracy Research Initiative at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He joined the Initiative following four years on the law school’s Legal Research and Writing faculty and nearly a decade in private practice. Dustin has litigated in state and federal courts on issues ranging from electoral redistricting to public records access and defamation. For more, see Dustin’s full bio.


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Derek Clinger

Derek is a Senior Staff Attorney with the State Democracy Research Initiative at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Before joining the Initiative, Derek was a partner at the law firm of McTigue Colombo & Clinger in Columbus, Ohio, where his practice focused on federal, state, and local election laws, campaign finance, statewide and local ballot initiatives and referenda, voting rights, ballot access, and government transparency. For more, see Derek’s full bio.


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Bree Grossi Wilde

Bree Grossi Wilde is the Executive Director of the State Democracy Research Initiative and an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School. For twelve years prior, Bree served as the career law clerk to Judge William Conley of the Western District of Wisconsin. In this role, she was responsible for working on all aspects of the court’s civil docket. She began her legal career practicing general commercial litigation at Foley & Lardner LLP, after clerking for Judge Richard Cudahy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Before law school, Bree worked as a management consultant for the Monitor Group, where she focused on supporting mission-driven organizations to grow to national scale and human capital development. Bree graduated from Amherst College summa cum laude and from Yale Law School, where she served as a projects editor for the Yale Law Journal and an intern with the community legal services clinic. See Bree’s full bio.


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University of Wisconsin Law School
975 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706

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