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Zephyr Teachout

Professor Zephyr Teachout

Associate Professor of Law

Office: Room 7-102
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Faculty Assistant: Christian Steriti


Zephyr Teachout is an Associate Law Professor and has taught at Fordham Law School since 2009. She grew up in Vermont and received her BA from Yale in English and then graduated summa cum laude from Duke Law School, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. She also received an MA in Political Science from Duke. She clerked for Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

She was a death penalty defense lawyer at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation in North Carolina, and co-founded a non-profit dedicated to providing trial experience to new law school graduates. She is known for her pioneering work in internet organizing, and was the first national Director of the Sunlight Foundation.

She has written dozens of law review articles and essays and two books. Her book, "Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United" was published by Harvard University Press in 2014.
She ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination of the Governor of New York in 2014, and for Congress's 19th Congressional District in 2016.

She lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Duke University
  • National Director, Sunlight Foundation
  • Lecturer, University of Vermont
  • Political Consultant for nonprofits, political campaigns and citizen journalism organizations
  • Non-resident Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School
  • Director of Internet Organizing, Dean for America (Howard Dean’s Presidential Campaign)
  • Co-Founding Executive Director, The Fair Trial Initiative
  • Staff Attorney, Center for Death Penalty Litigation
  • Clerk, Chief Judge Edward R. Becker, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Areas of Interest

  • Corruption Law
  • Antitrust Law
  • Election Law
  • American Legal History
  • Constitutional Law
  • Law and Inequality   


  • JD, summa cum laude, Duke Law School
  • MA, Political Science, Duke University
  • BA, Yale University