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Brad Epperly

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: Gambrell, 338


Professor Epperly joined the faculty at USC in 2012. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, where he was the Titus Ellison Fellow for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies. He teaches courses on comparative politics, political institutions, and law and courts.


Professor Epperly's research and teaching interests focus broadly on the role of institutions in comparative politics. Specifically, he is interested in variation in the rule of law across democracy and dictatorship, especially the relationship between the judiciary and the "political" branches of government. He is also interested in public trust in legal institutions, particularly in the postcommunist states of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. He has published work inComparative Political Studies, the Journal of Law and Courts, and elsewhere.

Selected Publications 

Brad Epperly and Taedong Lee. 2015. Corruption and NGO Sustainability: A Panel Study of Post-communist States. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. 26(1).

Brad Epperly. 2013. The Provision of Insurance? Judicial Independence and the Post-Tenure Fate of Leaders. Journal of Law and Courts, (1)2

Brad Epperly. 2011. “Institutions and Legacies: Electoral Volatility in the Post- communist World.” Comparative Political Studies, 44(8)

Margaret Levi and Brad Epperly. 2010. “Principled Principals in the Founding Moments of the Rule of Law,” in James Heckman, Robert Nelson, and Lee Cabatingan (eds). Global Perspectives on the Rule of Law. London: Routledge.