Nancy Staudt

Dean and Howard & Caroline Cayne Distinguished Professor of Law


B.A., Ohio State University
J.D., University of Minnesota Law School
Ph.D., University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

Curriculum Vitae


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Associate Dean and Chief of Staff

Gail Boker
Phone: (314) 935-4958

Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-6420


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 402A

Courses Taught

Tax Policy
Empirical Legal Studies


Nancy Staudt was named dean of the law school, effective May 2014. She is a nationally renowned scholar in tax, tax policy, and empirical legal studies. Staudt is the author or co-author of nearly 40 articles and two books, and her work has been published in the country’s leading journals and university presses. She has given more than 100 speeches and keynote addresses to national and international audiences on a range of tax, law, and public policy topics. Staudt has served as an advisory panelist and/or board member to organizations such as the National Science Foundation, the Association of American Law Schools’ Tax Section, and the Law and Society Association. Before assuming her deanship, Staudt served as vice dean for faculty and academic affairs at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and as the inaugural holder of the Edward G. Lewis Chair in Law and Public Policy; she was the Class of 1940 Research Professor of Law at Northwestern University and a professor of law at Washington University from 2000 to 2006. Staudt has held visiting professorships at Vanderbilt University, Boston University, and the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, and she has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University. Prior to her academic appointments, Staudt was a tax associate at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. She clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, and she provided free legal services to both battered women and organizations seeking tax-exempt status from the federal government.

Representative Publications


  • The Judicial Business Cycle (under contract with the University of Chicago Press) (with Ray Duch and Lee Epstein)
  • The Crisis of Race in Higher Education (Emerald Press 2017) (edited with William Tate and Ashley Macrander)
  • The Judicial Power of the Purse: How Courts Fund National Defense in Times of Crisis (University of Chicago Press, 2011) (Reviewed in 125 Harvard Law Review 378 (2011))
  • The Major Acts of Congress (Macmillan Press 2003) (edited with Brian Landsberg, Al Brophy, & Tom Sargentich)


  • "WashULaw’s 150th Anniversary: Celebrating Our Faculty", 53 Washington University Journal of Law & Policy 1 (2017) (Introduction to Anniversary Issue)
  • "The Supercharged IPO," 67 Vanderbilt Law Review (2014) (with Victor Fleischer) [SSRN
  • Avoidance Transactions in the United States (Oxford University Press, 2013) (book chapter with Joshua Blank) view (subscription required)
  • "Corporate Shams," 87 NYU Law Rev. 1641 (2012) (with Joshua Blank) [SSRN
  • "What Have We Learned About Women’s Economic Lives Since 1975?," 13 Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law 59 (2012) (with April Wu and Chao Wang) view (purchase required)
  • "Causal Diagrams for Empirical Legal Research: Methodology for Identifying Causation, Avoiding Bias, and Interpreting Results," 10 Journal of Law, Probability & Risk 329 (2011) (with Tyler VanderWeele) view (subscription required)
  • "The Macroeconomic Court: Rhetoric and Implications of New Deal Decision Making," 5 Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy 87-117 (2010) (with Yilie He) [SSRN
  • "Methodological Advances and Empirical Legal Scholarship: A Note on Cox and Miles' Voting Rights Act Study," 109 Columbia Law Review Sidebar 42-54 (2009) (with Tyler VanderWeele) [SSRN
  • "Economic Trends and Judicial Outcomes: A Macro-Theory of the Court," 58 Duke Law Review 1191 (2009) (with Tom Brennan and Lee Epstein) [SSRN
  • "The Political Economy of Judging," 93 Univ. of Minnesota Law Review 1503-1534 (2009) (with Tom Brennan and Lee Epstein) view 
  • "On the Capacity of the Roberts Court to Generate Consequential Precedent," 86 Univ. North Carolina Law Review 1299-1332 (2008) (with Barry Friedman and Lee Epstein)
  • "On the Role of Ideological Homogeneity in Generating Consequential Constitutional Decisions," 10 Penn. Journal of Constitutional Law 361-386 (2008) (with Barry Friedman and Lee Epstein) view 
  • "Judicial Decisions as Legislation: Congressional Oversight of Supreme Court Tax Cases, 1954-2005," 82 NYU Law Review 1340 (2007) (with René Lindstädt and Jason O’Connor) view 
  • "The Ideological Component of Judging in the Taxation Context," 84 Washington University Law Review 1797 (2007) (with Lee Epstein and Peter Wiedenbeck) [SSRN
  • "Redundant Tax and Spending Programs," 100 Northwestern Law Review 1197 (2006) [SSRN
  • "Judging Statutes: Interpretive Regimes," 38 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 1909 (2005) (with Peter Wiedenbeck, Lee Epstein, René Lindstädt, & Ryan J. Vander Wielen) [SSRN
  • "Foreword: Interdisciplinary Theories of Statutory Interpretation," 38 Loyola Law Review (1899 2005) (with Ellen Aprill)
  • "Agenda Setting in Supreme Court Tax Cases: Lessons from the Blackmun Papers," 52 Buffalo Law Review 889-922 (2005)
  • "The Role of Qualifications in the Confirmation of Nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court," 32 Florida State Univ. Law Review 1145 (2005) (with Lee Epstein, Jeffery A. Segal, and René Lindstädt) view 
  • "On Tournaments for Appointing Great Justices to the U.S. Supreme Court," 78 S. Cal. Law Review 157-80 (2004) (with WERL members) view 
  • "Modeling Standing," 79 NYU Law Review 612-84 (2004) [SSRN
  • "Tax Talk," 51 Canadian Tax Review 1931-52 (2003) (book review) view 
  • "Judging Statutes: Thoughts on Statutory Interpretation and Notes for a Project on the Internal Revenue Code," 13 Washington University Journal of Law and Policy 305-33 (2003) (with Lee Epstein & Peter Wiedenbeck) [SSRN
  • "Foreword: Empirical Taxation," 13 Washington University Journal of Law & Policy 1-8 (2003) [SSRN
  • "Taxpayers in Court: A Systematic Study of a (Misunderstood) Standing Doctrine," 52 Emory Law Journal 771- 848 (2003) [SSRN
  • "Taxation Without Representation," 55 NYU Tax Law Review 554-600 (2002) [SSRN
  • "Women's Economic Security in Old Age: The Importance of Private Savings," 16 New York Law School Journal of Human Rights 232-38 (1999) (symposium comments) view 
  • "Constitutional Politics and Balanced Budgets," 1998 University of Illinois Law Review 1105-74 (1998) [SSRN
  • "The Theory and Practice of Taxing Difference," 65 University of Chicago Law Review 653-83 (1998) (book review) [SSRN
  • "Tax Theory and "Mere Critique": A Reply to Professor Zelenak," 76 North Carolina Law Review 1581-95 (1998)
  • "The Hidden Costs of the Progressivity Debate," 50 Vanderbilt Law Review 919-91 (1997) reprinted in Critical Tax Theory: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press 2009) [SSRN
  • "Taxation and Gendered Citizenship," 6 S. Cal. Review of Law & Women's Studies 533-50 (1997) [SSRN
  • "Taxing Housework," 84 Georgetown Law Journal 1571-1647 (1996) reprinted in Critical Tax Theory: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press 2009) [SSRN
  • "The Political Economy of Taxation: A Critical Review of a Classic," 30 Law & Society Review 651-66 (1996) (book review) [SSRN
  • "Note: ‘Controlling’ Securities Fraud: Proposed Liability Standards for Controlling Persons Under the 1933 and 1934 Securities Acts," 72 Minnesota Law Review 930 (1988) [SSRN