Associate Professor of Law
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
J.D., Stanford Law School
Andrew Coan teaches Constitutional Law, Federal Jurisdiction, and related subjects. His scholarly interests include constitutional law, institutional choice, and legal theory. A central goal of his scholarship is to ground normative theory firmly in the empirical realities of American legal and political practice. His current research explores the impact of limited judicial capacity on the substance of constitutional law.
Professor Coan received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he graduated first in his class, and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. He then clerked for Judge Richard Posner and returned to Stanford Law School as the inaugural James C. Gaither Fellow before joining the Wisconsin faculty in 2008. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School.
Professor Coan is on leave for the 2014-15 academic year.
Judicial Capacity and the Conditional Spending Paradox, 2013 Wisc. L. Rev. 339
Judicial Capacity and the Substance of Constitutional Law, 122 Yale L.J. 422 (2012)
Toward a Reality-Based Constitutional Theory, 89 Wash. U. L. Rev. 273 (2011)
The Irrelevance of Writtenness in Constitutional Interpretation, 157 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1025 (2010)
Professor Coan's papers are available on SSRN at http://ssrn.com/author=670199.