Kevin Cope

Kevin Cope

Associate Professor of Law
Associate Professor of Law and Public Policy, Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
Affiliated Faculty, Department of Politics
Director, Immigration, Migration and Human Rights Program
(434) 924-4492

Kevin Cope’s research uses empirical, comparative, and formal theoretical methods to explore issues related to law and political economy. Substantively, he is interested in political-legal decision-making, immigration, human and civil rights, and judicial ideology. Cope is a fellow of the Society for Empirical Legal Studies and a co-editor of the inaugural Oxford University Handbook on Comparative Immigration Law.

Cope’s work is published or forthcoming in journals such as the California Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Journal of Legal StudiesJournal of Empirical Legal StudiesPolitical Science Research and Methods, American Journal of Comparative Law and American Journal of International Law.

His short articles have appeared in The Atlantic, FiveThirtyEight, The Washington Post Monkey Cage and Slate. Cope has been interviewed about his research on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and on local radio and television stations.

Before joining the Law School faculty in 2019, Cope served as a judicial clerk to judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and two federal trial courts. He also practiced government enforcement litigation law in Washington, D.C., with Skadden, Arps. In law school, he served as an editor of the Northwestern University Law Review


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