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Michael Morse

Harry A. Bigelow Teaching Fellow, Lecturer in Law

Michael Morse is a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School. He studies voting rights, election administration, and the criminal justice system. His work combines empirical methods and novel administrative data with traditional legal scholarship.

Michael has written extensively about the politics of felony disenfranchisement and the impact of fines and fees, including in the Journal of Legal Studies. His dissertation, recently published in the California Law Review, focused on a Florida ballot initiative, known as Amendment 4, which sought to restore voting rights to people with felony convictions. Michael has also contributed to current debates about voter access and electoral integrity, evaluating the burdens of voter identification laws, errors in voter list maintenance, and the extent of double voting in a series of co-authored articles published in the American Political Science Review, Science Advances, and the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. He has also co-authored a study about the election of local prosecutors across the country in the Iowa Law Review. Michael has written popular pieces about his research for Vox, Slate, and The Monkey Cage.

Michael is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Yale Law School, and Harvard University, where he earned a PhD in political science. He has served as a law clerk to Judge Myron Thompson of the US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama and Judge Marsha Berzon of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Journal Articles

  • "Who Votes Without Identification? Using Individual-Level Administrative Data to Measure the Burden of Strict Voter Identification Laws," 18 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 256 (2021) (with Phoebe Henninger & Marc Meredith). ssrn www
  • "The Racial Burden of Voter List Maintenance Errors," 7 Science Advances 1 (2021) (with Gregory Huber, Marc Meredith & Katie Steele). ssrn www
  • "The Future of Felon Disenfranchisement Reform: Evidence from the Campaign to Restore Voting Rights in Florida," 109 California Law Review 1143 (2021). ssrn www
  • "Picking Prosecutors," 105 Iowa Law Review 1537 (2020) (with Carissa B. Hessick). ssrn www
  • "One Person, One Vote: Estimating the Prevalence of Double Voting in U.S. Presidential Elections," 114 American Political Science Review 456 (2020) (with Sharad Goel, Marc Meredith, David Rothschild & Houshmand Shirani-Mehr). ssrn www
  • "Discretionary Disenfranchisement: The Case of Legal Financial Obligations," 46 Journal of Legal Studies 309 (2017) (with Marc Meredith). ssrn www
  • "Voting But For The Law: Evidence from Virginia on Photo Identification Requirements," 14 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 79 (2017) (with Dan Hopkins, Marc Meredith, Sarah Smith & Jesse Yoder). www
  • "The Growing and Broad Nature of Legal Financial Obligations: Evidence from Court Records in Alabama," 48 Connecticut Law Review 1079 (2016) (with Claire Greenberg & Marc Meredith). ssrn
  • "The Politics of the Restoration of Ex-Felon Voting Rights: The Case of Iowa," 10 Quarterly Journal of Political Science 41 (2015) (with Marc Meredith). ssrn www
  • "Do Voting Rights Notification Laws Increase Ex-Felon Turnout?," 651 Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 220 (2014) (with Marc Meredith). ssrn www

Book Sections

  • "New Measurement Technologies: A Review and Application to Nuremberg and Justice Jackson," in The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Judicial Behavior, Lee Epstein & Stefanie A. Lindquist eds. (Oxford University Press, 2017) (with Daniel E. Ho). www

Other Publications

  • "Amendment 4 Requires Addressing the Criminalization of Poverty," South Florida Sun-Sentinel, April 25, 2019. www
  • "Why Letting Ex-Felons Vote Probably Won’t Swing Florida," Vox, November 2, 2018 (with Marc Meredith). www
  • "Chasing Electoral Ghosts," Slate, November 2016 (with Sharad Goel, Marc Meredith, David Rothschild & Houshmand Shirani-Mehr). www