Jacob Eisler

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Jacob Eisler

James Edmund and Margaret Elizabeth Hennessey Corry Professor
Contact Information

Florida State University
College of Law
Main Classroom Building, Room 301
Phone: 850.645.0365


Ph.D., Political Science, Harvard University, 2016
J.D., Harvard University, 2010
M.Phil., Political Thought and Intellectual History, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, 2006
B.A., Williams College, 2004

Professor Jacob Eisler is joining the FSU College of Law during the summer of 2023. Eisler teaches and researches in the areas of constitutional and election law, with a focus on democratic process, theories of just representation, and anti-corruption. He is the author of  “The Law of Freedom: The Supreme Court and Democracy” (Cambridge University Press 2023) and co-editor of “Data-Driven Personalisation in Markets, Politics and Law” (Cambridge University Press 2021). He has also authored numerous scholarly articles, which have been published in journals including the University of Illinois Law Review, the Emory Law Journal, and the UC Davis Law Review, and he has published several book chapters in edited volumes.

Eisler comes to FSU Law from Southampton Law School in Southampton, United Kingdom, where he has served as an associate professor of public law since 2018. His teaching at Southampton was widely commended, most recently with the student-nominated Most Engaging Lecturer Award in 2022. He also has been actively engaged in reform of democratic process. His evidentiary submissions to U.K. parliamentary committees have been noted in official reports, and his scholarly writing has been cited in briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to joining Southampton, Eisler was a college lecturer and Yates Glazebrook fellow in law at Jesus College at the University of Cambridge. Before entering academia, Eisler practiced law at Allen & Overy LLP and Herbert Smith LLP in London, and clerked for the Honorable Judge Gerard E. Lynch, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City.


Select Recent and Forthcoming Publications

The Law of Freedom: The Supreme Court and Democracy (Cambridge University Press 2023)

Data-Driven Personalisation in Markets, Politics and Law (co-editor with Uta Kohl) (Cambridge University Press 2021)

Polarized Countermajoritarianism, 26 U. Pa. J. Con. L. #3 (forthcoming 2024)

Rethinking the Government Speech Doctrine, Post-Trump (with Michael Kang), 2022 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1943

Conceptualising Corruption and the Rule of Law, 85 Modern L. Rev. 1072 (2022)

Constitutional Formalities, Power Realities, and Comparative Anglophone Responses to Foreign Campaign Meddling, 20 Election L. J. 32 (2021)

The Limits and Promise of Instrumental Legal Analysis, 47 J. Law & Soc’y 499 (2020)

Dissonant Referendum Design and Turmoil in Representation, Public Law 622 (2019)

Partisan Gerrymandering and the Constitutionalization of Statistics, 68 Emory L. J. 978 (2019)

Partisan Gerrymandering and the Illusion of Unfairness, 67 Cath. U. L. Rev. 229 (2018)

McDonnell and Anti-Corruption’s Last Stand, 50 UC Davis L. Rev. 1619 (2017)

The Deep Patterns of Campaign Finance Law, 49 Conn. L. Rev. 57 (2016)

The Unspoken Institutional Battle over Anti-Corruption: Citizens United, Honest Services, and the Legislative-Judicial Divide9 First Amend. L. Rev. 363 (2011)