Andrew Coan

Professor of Law; Associate Director, William H. Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional Structures of Government

Andrew Coan is a Professor of Law at the James E. Rogers College of Law, The University of Arizona, where he teaches Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, 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 law and politics.

Coan is the author of two books, Rationing the Constitution (Harvard University Press 2019) and Prosecuting the President (Oxford University Press 2018). The former explains how judicial capacity shapes Supreme Court decision-making. The latter explains how special prosecutors hold Presidents accountable and protect the rule of law. Coan’s work has also appeared in Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and University of Pennsylvania Law Review, among others. He frequently appears in the national media and has contributed articles to The Atlantic, Washington Post, Wall Street JournalLos Angeles Times, CNN.comSan Francisco Chronicle, and USA Today.

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. He joined the Wisconsin law faculty in 2008 and the James E. Rogers College of Law in 2014. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

Curriculum Vitae

SSRN Published Papers

Representative Publications

  • Rationing the Constitution:  How Judicial Capacity Shapes Supreme Court Decision-Making (forthcoming 2019).
  • Prosecuting the President:  How Special Prosecutors Hold Presidents Accountable and Protect the Rule of Law (2019).
  • Amending the Law of Constitutional Interpretation, 13 Duke J. Const. L. & Pub. Pol'y 83 (2018).
  • The Foundations of Constitutional Theory, 2017 Wis. L. Rev. 833 (2017).
  • Judicial Capacity and Executive Power, 102 Va. L. Rev. 765 (2016) (co-author, with Nicholas Bullard).
  • Judicial Capacity and the Substance of Constitutional Law, 122 Yale L.J. 422 (2012).
  • The Irrelevance of Writtenness in Constitutional Interpretation, 157 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1025 (2010).
  • Complete List of Publications


  • J.D. Stanford Law School
  • B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison

Work Experience

  • Professor of Law
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2014 - present
  • Associate Director
    William H. Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional Structures of Government
    2014 - present
  • Associate Professor of Law
    University of Wisconsin Law School
    2013 - 2014
  • Assistant Professor of Law
    University of Wisconsin Law School
    2008 - 2013
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
    University of Michigan Law School
    2009 - 2010
  • James C. Gaither Fellow & Lecturer in Law
    Stanford Law School
    Fall 2006 - Summer 2008
  • Law Clerk
    Honorable Richard A. Posner, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    2005 - 2006