Law School Community Welcomes Dean Staudt and Prof. Epstein

Law school friends, faculty, students, and staff welcomed Nancy Staudt and her partner, Lee Epstein, back to Washington University at a special reception on March 28. Staudt, currently vice dean for faculty and academic affairs at the University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of Law, will officially become dean at Washington University School of Law on May 15. She will also serve as the Howard & Caroline Cayne Professor of Law and professor at the Brown School. Staudt and Epstein were welcomed by Chancellor Mark Wrighton, Provost Holden Thorp, and Dean Daniel Keating.

The celebratory event acknowledged the challenges ahead, while paying tribute to the dedication of former Dean Kent Syverud and current Dean Keating. Wrighton, Thorp, and Keating all stressed that Staudt is the right choice for the school's next dean. In her brief remarks, Staudt expressed enthusiasm for leading the school forward, while drawing upon a tradition of excellence and a spirit of collaboration.

Staudt served as professor at the law school from 2000-2006. A nationally renowned scholar in tax, tax policy, and empirical legal studies, she is the inaugural holder of the Edward G. Lewis Chair in Law and Public Policy at the USC Gould School of Law. Staudt also holds an appointment as a professor of law and public policy at the USC Price School of Public Policy. In August 2012, Staudt was appointed academic director of the newly established Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy.

Staudt is the author or co-author of nearly 40 articles and two books, and 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. She has served as an advisory panel and board member to renowned organizations such as the National Science Foundation, the Association of American Law Schools’ Tax Section, and the Law and Society Association. She is also the recipient of several grants and awards that helped facilitate her interdisciplinary work. 

Epstein, currently Provost Professor of Law and Public Policy and the Rader Family Trustee Chair in Law at USC, will also rejoin Washington University as the Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor. From 1998-2006, she was the Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor of Political Science and professor of law at Washington University. At the university, she also served as chair of the Political Science Department in Arts & Sciences from 1995-99 and again in 2003.

A recipient of 12 grants from the National Science Foundation for her work on law and legal institutions, Epstein has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles and essays, as well as 15 books. Her research collaborators include Andrew Martin, vice dean, the Charles Nagel Chair of Constitutional Law and Political Science, and Director of the Center for Empirical Research in the Law.

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