Andrew Coan is Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Law at The University of Arizona, where he teaches Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, and related subjects. His scholarly interests include the Supreme Court, federalism, executive power, and constitutional interpretation. In 2019, he received the College's Leslie F. and Patricia Bell Faculty Service Award.
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 and was a finalist for the ABA's Silver Gavel Award. 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 Journal, Los Angeles Times, CNN.com, San Francisco Chronicle, and USA Today.
Professor Coan received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 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.
- Qualified Immunity: Round Two, 78 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1433 (2021) (co-author with DeLorean Forbes)
- Eight Futures of the Nondelegation Doctrine, 2020 Wis. L. Rev. 141.
- Rationing the Constitution: How Judicial Capacity Shapes Supreme Court Decision-Making (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 School2005
B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison2000
Professor of LawJames E. Rogers College of Law2014 - present
William H. Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional Structures of Government
2019 - present
Associate DirectorWilliam H. Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional Structures of Government2014 - 2019
Associate Professor of LawUniversity of Wisconsin Law School2013 - 2014
Assistant Professor of LawUniversity of Wisconsin Law School2008 - 2013
Visiting Assistant Professor of LawUniversity of Michigan Law School2009 - 2010
James C. Gaither Fellow & Lecturer in LawStanford Law SchoolFall 2006 - Summer 2008
Law ClerkHonorable Richard A. Posner, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit2005 - 2006