Abby Wood's research is at the intersection of law and politics, with current papers on campaign finance, government transparency, and congressional oversight. Most of her research uses experiments or sophisticated quantitative analysis on existing data to measure the causal effects of institutional changes on human behavior. Wood teaches administrative law, campaign finance, and analytical methods for lawyers. She has taught on a variety of subjects, including international human rights law, constitutional law, and comparative politics.
Wood clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan on the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She has also consulted on good governance projects in association with USAID, World Bank, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and UNDP. Wood holds a JD from Harvard Law School, an MA in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts' Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.