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Atiba R. Ellis joined the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2023. His research focuses on voting rights law with specific attention to how varying conceptions of the right to vote exclude voters on the margins. He has written about the economic entry barriers posed by voter ID laws, felon disenfranchisement laws, the theoretical effects of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, the impact of the Supreme Court's decision in Shelby County v. Holder, and related topics. Professor Ellis’s current research focuses on voting rights theory and how ideology affects the scope of the right to vote. He has also written on critical legal theory and legal history. Professor Ellis is a frequent speaker at academic conferences, university and law school lectures, and community events about voting rights law, how race and gender affect the law of politics, diversity issues, and other matters related to the law of politics. Prior to joining Case Western, Professor Ellis taught at the West Virginia University College of Law from 2009-2018 and after serving at the Marquette University Law School from 2018-2022. He was also the Boden Visiting Professor of Law at Marquette Law School in the fall of 2017.


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    Professor of Law, Marquette University