Edward B. Foley

Position
Crane Fellow in Law and Public Policy 2024
Bio/Description

Edward B. Foley holds the Ebersold Chair in Constitutional Law at The Ohio State University, where he also directs its election law program. He is a 2023 Guggenheim Fellow and, from January to March 2024, a Visiting Professor at the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law. For the 2024-2025 academic year, he will be a Fellow in Law and Public Policy at Princeton University.

He is the author of Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States (Oxford University Press, revised edition 2024), and Presidential Elections and Majority Rule (Oxford University Press, 2020), and numerous scholarly articles on various aspects of election law. He is working on a new book concerning the relationship of constitutional principles to electoral procedures.

He also writes frequently for the general public on topics concerning the protection and improvement of democracy. His columns have been published in The Atlantic and The Washington Post, among other journals, and in 2024 he launched Common Ground Democracy (a Substack site) to regularly address these issues. For the 2020 election season, he served as an NBC News election law analyst.

As Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Project on Election Administration, Foley drafted Principles of Law: Non-Precinct Voting and Resolution of Ballot-Counting Disputes, which provides nonpartisan guidance for the resolution of election disputes. He currently serves as an adviser for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Law, Election Litigation.

Professor Foley is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and Yale College.