Peter M. Shane

Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law
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(614) 688-3014 Drinko 467


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  • A.B., Harvard, Social Studies, 1974 (magna cum laude)
  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1977

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Areas of Expertise:
  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • E-Democracy
  • Election Law
  • Judicial Appointments
  • Media and Democracy
  • Presidential Powers
  • Separation of Powers
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professor Peter M. Shane came to Ohio State in 2003 from Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management. He is an internationally recognized scholar in administrative law, with a specialty in separation of powers law and has co-authored leading casebooks on each subject. He has served on the faculty at the University of Iowa College of Law and was dean at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

In addition to his outstanding law teaching and scholarship, Professor Shane has received a National Science Foundation grant for interdisciplinary study related to cyberspace and democracy. At Ohio State, he provides strong leadership in interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching.


Selected Publications:

  • Peter M. Shane and Jeffrey Hunker, eds., Cybersecurity: Shared Risks, Shared Responsibilities (Carolina Academic Press 2013).
  • Stephen Coleman and Peter M. Shane, eds., Connecting Democracy: Online Consultation and the Flow of Political Communication (MIT Press 2012).
  • Peter M. Shane & Harold H. Bruff, Separation of Powers Law: Cases and Materials (Carolina Academic Press, 3d ed., 2011).
  • Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy (Peter M. Shane, Lead Drafter), Informing Communities: Strengthening Democracy in the Digital Age (Aspen Institute, 2009).
  • Peter M. Shane, Madison’s Nightmare: How Executive Power Threatens American democracy (University of Chicago Press, 2009).