February 21, 2020
Friday, 12:30pm, 509 O'Brian Hall
Paul Gowder teaches constitutional law and torts,. He also taught professional responsibility and the policy lab. His research spans a broad territory in constitutional law, legal data science, ethics, normative and conceptual jurisprudence, political philosophy, democratic theory, and game theory.
Gowder's first book, The Rule of Law in the Real World (Cambridge University Press, February 2016), draws on philosophical argument, historical research into the law in seventeenth-century England and classical Athens, and political science tools such as statistics, simulation, and formal modeling, all directed at making sense of government under law in real-world societies, and its relationship to social equality.
Research topics: rule of law; democratic theory and the relationship between causation and popular sovereignty; the impact of machine learning and predictive modeling on both the practice and the concept of law; free speech; cyberlaw; counter-majoritarian difficulty and popular constitutionalism; and, conceptions of liberty. Faculty profile: Professor and O.K. Patton Fellow in Law, Iowa.