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Anthony J. Gaughan

Anthony J. Gaughan

Anthony J. Gaughan is Associate Professor of Law at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. His academic specialties include civil procedure, evidence, election law, national security law, and legal, constitutional, and political history.

He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2005, his Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002, his M.A. in history from Louisiana State University in 1996, and his B.A. in history from the University of Minnesota in 1993.

Gaughan is the author of the book "The Last Battle of the Civil War: United States versus Lee, 1861-1883" (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2011). He has also authored numerous journal articles on election law, national security law, and American history. His articles have been published in a wide variety of academic journals, including the Journal of Supreme Court History, the American Journal of Legal History, the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights, the Arkansas Law Review, the Journal of Southern History, and Civil War History. His political commentaries and op-eds have been published in a variety of magazines and newspapers, including Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, and the Des Moines Register.

Gaughan is currently completing a book on American campaign finance law. He is also at work on a book about aerial bombing during the Second World War.

He is a former United States Navy officer and an Iraq War veteran. He served as a staff officer for a U.S. military joint task force in Baghdad from August 2008 to July 2009.

Gaughan has received several teaching awards, including the Leland Forrest Outstanding Professor of the Year Award, Drake University Law School (2014-2015), and the Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2000). He was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal from the U.S. Department of Defense for his service in Iraq (2008-09) as well as the Iraq Campaign Medal.

His name is pronounced GOGG-in; the first syllable rhymes with words like dog and fog.

US Election Series

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US Election Series

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US Election Series

How the rich helped create 2016's angry populism

Apr 14, 2016 23:10 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

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US Election Series

Winning Wisconsin won't fix Bernie Sanders' superdelegate problem

Apr 07, 2016 05:17 am UTC| Politics

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US Election Series

Will voters' fear of terrorism propel Trump to the White House?

Mar 26, 2016 06:25 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics Law

The Islamic States bombing of an airport terminal and subway station in Brussels, Belgium on March 22 horrified the world. But Donald Trump saw a silver lining in the latest terrorist atrocity. During an interview a few...

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