Lori A. Ringhand

Interim Director of Dean Rusk International Law Center & J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law

B.A., University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire
J.D., University of Wisconsin
B.C.L., University of Oxford


Constitutional Law
Election Law
State and Local Government

Biographical Information: 

Lori A. Ringhand teaches courses on constitutional law, election law, and state and local government law. She has been a member of the University of Georgia School of Law faculty since 2008 and was named a Hosch Professor in 2012. In January 2020, she became the interim director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center, which serves as the law school's international law and policy nucleus for education, scholarship and other collaborations among faculty and students, the law school community, and diverse local and global partners.

She is a nationally known Supreme Court scholar and the author of the book Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings and Constitutional Change (with Paul M. Collins) published by Cambridge University Press. She also is the co-author of Constitutional Law: A Context and Practices Casebook, which is part of a series of casebooks dedicated to incorporating active teaching and learning methods into traditional law school casebooks. Ringhand recently received a Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award to spend the spring 2019 semester as a visiting professor at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Her Fulbright research explored the different approaches to campaign finance regulation taken by the United States and the United Kingdom.

Ringhand served as the law school’s associate dean for academic affairs from 2015 to 2018 and as a UGA Provost’s Women Leadership Fellow in 2016-17. She has received the law school's highest teaching honor, the C. Ronald Ellington Award for Excellence in Teaching, in 2010 and 2015; and the John C. O’Byrne Memorial Faculty Award for Furthering Student-Faculty Relations in 2017.

Ringhand graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she served as an articles editor on the Wisconsin Law Review. She also holds a Bachelor of Civil Law degree, awarded with distinction, from the University of Oxford. Before coming to UGA, she served on the faculty of the University of Kentucky College of Law and as a visiting scholar at the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law.

Publications & Activities


Understanding the Elephant: Considering UK Electoral Reform in Light of the US Experience, 2020 Pub. L. 701 (2020).

First Amendment (Un)Exceptionalism: A Comparative Taxonomy of Campaign Finance Reform Proposals in the United States and United Kingdom, 81 Ohio St. L.J. 405 (2020).

The Role of Nominee Gender and Race at U.S. Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings, 52 L. & Soc'y Rev. 871 (2018) (with P. Collins).

Neil Gorsuch and the Ginsburg Rules, 93 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 475 (2018) (with P. Collins).

The Institutionalization of Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings, 41 L. & Soc. Inquiry 126 (2016) (with P. Collins).

Voter Viewpoint Discrimination: Reconsidering a First Amendment Challenge to Voter Participation Restrictions, 13 Election L.J. 288 (2014) (peer reviewed).

Functioning Just Fine: The Unappreciated Value of the Supreme Court Confirmation Process, 61 Drake L. Rev. 1025 (2013) (symposium issue on political dysfunction and the Constitution).

Let's Talk: Judicial Decisions at Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings, 96 Judicature 7 (2012) (with A. Batta et al.).

Aliens on the Bench: Lessons in Identity, Race and Politics From the First "Modern" Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing to Today, 2010 Mich. St. L. Rev. 795 (2011).

May it Please the Senate: An Empirical Analysis of the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings of Supreme Court Nominees, 1939-2009, 60 Am. U. L. Rev. 589 (2011) (with P. Collins).

In Defense of Ideology: A Principled Approach to the Supreme Court Confirmation Process, 18 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 131 (2009).

“I’m Sorry, I Can’t Answer That”: Positive Legal Scholarship and the Supreme Court Confirmation Process, 10 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 331 (2008).

The Rehnquist Court: A By The Numbers Retrospective, 9 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 1033 (2007) (an early draft of this paper was selected from a competitive call for papers and was presented at the First Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, jointly sponsored by NYU, Cornell and the University of Texas law schools).

Judicial Activism: An Empirical Examination of Voting Behavior on the Rehnquist Natural Court, 24 Const. Comment. 43 (2007).

An Empirical Analysis of the Confirmation Hearings of the Rehnquist Court Justices, 24 Const. Comment. 127 (2007) (with Jason Czarnezki and William Ford).

The Roberts Court: Year 1, 73 Tenn. L. Rev. 607 (2006).

UK Election Law: A Critical Examination (book review), 16 L. & Pol. Book Rev. 462 (2006).

Fig Leaves, Fairytales, and Constitutional Foundations: Debating Judicial Review in Britain, 43 Colum. J. Transnat'l L. 865 (2005).

Defining Democracy: The Supreme Court’s Campaign Finance Dilemma, 56 Hastings L.J. 77 (2004).

Concepts of Equality in British Campaign Finance Reform Proposals, 22 Oxford J. Legal Stud. 253 (2002).


Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings and Constitutional Change (Cambridge University Press, 2013) (with P. Collins).

Constitutional Law: A Context and Practice Casebook (Carolina Academic Press, 2013) (with D. Schwartz).


"The Selection of U.S. Supreme Court Justices" in Routledge Handbook of Judicial Behavior (R. Howard and K. Randazzo eds.) (Routledge, 2018) (with J. ben-Aaron and P. Collins).

"The Jurisprudence of Supreme Court Justice Kennedy" in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (Macmillan Reference USA, 2008).