Transylvania University, B.A.
Stanford University, M.A., J.D., Ph.D. (all-but-dissertation, joint political science and law)
Professor Kirsten Nussbaumer joined the Law School faculty in the 2008-09 academic year as a visiting assistant professor teaching civil procedure and legislation. She writes and researches in the areas of constitutional history, American political development, election law (especially the regulation of congressional elections), and 18th century Anglo-American political thought. In her work, she brings together methods of social science, history, and empirical political theory. Her Stanford Ph.D. dissertation explores late-18th century conceptions and practices of election reform, particularly at the time of the U.S. founding. The Olin Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and Supreme Court Historical Society provided research support.
Professor Nussbaumer clerked for the Honorable Myron H. Thompson of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, and she worked on the drafting and negotiations for the Help America Vote Act of 2002 in Washington, D.C. While a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford, she was a visiting assistant professor at Golden Gate Law School, teaching civil procedure and election law.