Lori A. Ringhand

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & 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 became Georgia Law's associate dean for academic affairs in the fall of 2015. She teaches courses on constitutional law, election law, and state and local government law. She has been a member of the Georgia Law faculty since 2008 and was named a Hosch Professor in 2012.

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 in 2013 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. Her work has been published in journals such as the Constitutional Commentary, the American University Law Review, the Election Law Journal and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. Ringhand’s work also has been recognized by a Congressional Research Grant awarded by The Dirksen Congressional Center.

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, Ringhand 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. While at the law school, she maintained her connections to Oxford by serving as the director of the law school’s semester-long study abroad program at Oxford from 2012 to 2015.

Ringhand also received the law school's highest teaching honor, the C. Ronald Ellington Award for Excellence in Teaching, in 2010 and 2015.

Publications & Activities


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).