Edward B. Foley

Professor of Law, Ohio State University

Edward B. Foley is an expert in U.S. election law and holds the Ebersold Chair in Constitutional Law at The Ohio State University, where he also directs its election law program. He is a contributing opinion columnist for the Washington Post, and served as an NBC News election law analyst for the 2020 election season.


He is a published author, covering the Electoral College and the Twelfth Amendment in his book, Presidential Elections and Majority Rule (Oxford University Press, 2020), and election controversies in the United States in his book Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States (Oxford University Press, 2016). He has also co-authored Election Law and Litigation: The Judicial Regulation of Politics (Wolters Kluwer 2014).


During his fellowship at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Foley wrote Due Process, Fair Play and Excessive Partisanship: A New Principle of Judicial Review of Election Law, 84 U. Chicago Law Review 655-758 (2017), which was cited in briefs in Gill v. Whitford and Benisek v. Lamone (the Supreme Court gerrymandering cases). In addition to his Washington Post opinion columns, he has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Politico, and Slate, among other publications.