Ann Althouse

Ann Althouse
Althouse in 2005
Born (1951-01-12) January 12, 1951
Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Residence Madison, Wisconsin
Education B.F.A. from University of Michigan
J.D. from New York University
Occupation Law professor, blogger, author
Employer University of Wisconsin–Madison
Home town Newark, Delaware
Title Robert W. & Irma M. Arthur-Bascom Professor of Law

Ann Althouse (born January 12, 1951) is an American law professor and blogger.


Raised in Newark and Wilmington, Delaware (and later as a teen in Wayne, New Jersey), Althouse has a degree in fine art from the University of Michigan, B.F.A. 1973, and graduated first in her class from New York University School of Law, J.D. 1981.[1]

Althouse clerked for Judge Leonard B. Sand in the Southern District of New York and practiced law in the litigation department of Sullivan & Cromwell. Since 1984, Althouse has taught federal jurisdiction, civil procedure, and constitutional law at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she has been tenured since 1989. She was a visiting professor at Brooklyn Law School for the 2007–08 academic year. A "leading light" in federal courts scholarship,[2] she has written extensively on federalism (her central thesis being the normative value of federalism in protecting individual rights), sovereign immunity and other legal issues. She is currently the Robert W. & Irma M. Arthur-Bascom Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School.


Since 2004, she has written a popular eponymous blog, posting photographs and commentary on law, politics, and popular culture.

In September 2006, Althouse sparked controversy[3] in the blogosphere by publishing an entry on her blog under the title "Let's take a closer look at those breasts" that accused feminist blogger Jessica Valenti of wearing "a tight knit top that draws attention to her breasts"[4] while posing for a picture with former president Bill Clinton.[5]

Political views

Althouse has said that she is pro-choice and opposes overruling Roe v. Wade,[6] but has said that she "do[es] in fact think abortion is wrong. I think most Americans agree with me and think it's wrong, but not the role of government to police."[7][8]

Althouse voted for George W. Bush in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008.[9] In January 2009, remarking about Obama, she wrote: "He really is a solid, normal person who remained grounded in the middle of all this craziness. And I like to think that, now that he's President, with his steely nerve, his intelligence, and his groundedness, he'll do the job that must be done. The trickery is over."[10]

Personal life

In 2009, Althouse announced her engagement to Laurence Meade, a commenter she had met through the blog. The story attracted coverage in the blogosphere and in The New York Times.[9] Althouse and Meade were married in August 2009.[11] It is Althouse's second marriage; she has two adult sons from her first marriage.[9]


  • The Use of Conspiracy Theory to Establish In Personam Jurisdiction: a Due Process Analysis, 52 Fordham L. Rev. 234 (1983)
  • How to Build a Separate Sphere: Federal Courts and State Power, 100 Harv. L. Rev. 1485 (1987)
  • The Misguided Search for State Interest in Abstention Cases: Observations on the Occasion of Pennzoil v. Texaco, 63 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1051 (1988)
  • When to Believe a Legal Fiction: Federal Interests and the Eleventh Amendment, 40 Hastings L.J. 1123 (1989)
  • The Humble and the Treasonous: Judge-Made Jurisdiction Law, 40 Case W. Res. L.Rev. 1035 (1990).
  • Standing, in Fluffy Slippers, 77 Va. L. Rev. 1177 (1991)
  • Saying What Rights Are – In and Out of Context, 1991 Wis. L. Rev. 929 (1991)
  • Tapping the State Court Resource, 44 Vand. L. Rev. 953 (1991)
  • Beyond King Solomon's Harlots: Women in Evidence, 65 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1265 (1992)
  • Thelma & Louisa and the Law: Do Rape Shield Rules Matter? 25 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 757 (1992)
  • Variations on a Theory of Normative Federalism: a Supreme Court Dialogue, 42 Duke L.J. 979 (1993)
  • Who's to Blame for Law Reviews?, 70 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 81 (1994)
  • The Lying Woman, The Devious Prostitute, and Other Stories from the Evidence Casebook, 88 Nw. U. L. Rev. 914 (1994).
  • Time For the Federal Courts to Enforce the Guarantee Clause? A Response to Professor Chemerinsky, 65 U. Colo. L. Rev. 881 (1994)
  • Federalism, Untamed, 47 Vand. L. Rev. 1207 (1994)
  • Late Night Confessions in the Hart & Wechsler Hotel, 47 Vand. L. Rev. 993 (1994)
  • Federal Jurisdiction and the Enforcement of Federal Rights: Can Congress Bring Back the Warren Era? 20 Law & Social Inquiry 1067 (1995).
  • Enforcing Federalism after United States v. Lopez, 38 Arizona L. Rev. 793 (1996)
  • The Alden Trilogy: Still Searching for a Way to Enforce Federalism, 31 Rutgers L.J. 631 (2000)
  • On Dignity and Deference: The Supreme Court's New Federalism, 68 U. Cin. L. Rev. 245 (2000)
  • Inside the Federalism Case, 574 Annals of the Am. Acad. 132 (2001)
  • Why Talking about States Rights Cannot Avoid the Need for Normative Federalism Analysis, 51 Duke L. J. 363 (2001)
  • Electoral College Reform: Deja Vu, 95 Nw. U. L. Rev. 993 (2001)
  • The Authoritative Lawsaying Power of the State Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court: Conflicts of Judicial Orthodoxy in the Bush-Gore Litigation, 61 Md. L. Rev. 508 (2002)
  • The Vigor of the Anti-Commandeering Doctrine in Times of Terror, 69 Brook. L. Rev. 1231 (2004)
  • Vanguard States, Laggard States: Federalism and Constitutional Rights, 152 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1745 (2004)
  • Chief Justice Rehnquist and the Search for Judicially Enforceable Federalism, 10 Tex. Rev. of L & Pol. 275 (2006)


  1. The Bloggable Life of Professor Ann Althouse, UW Gargoyle Magazine, Winter 2007, pp.28–30
  2. Ernest Young, Institutional Settlement in a Globalizing Judicial System, 54 Duke L. J. 1143, 1149 n.18 and accompanying text (2005).
  3. Funk, Liz (12 October 2006). "Feministing: Feminist? Or Just -Ing?". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on 18 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-28.
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  5. Clark-Flory, Tracy (15 September 2006). "The blogosphere's breast debate". Retrieved 2010-03-21.
  6. See, e.g., Ann Althouse, Stepping Out of Professor Fallon’s Puzzle Box: A Response to ‘If Roe Were Overruled: Abortion and the Constitution in a Post-Roe World’, 51 St. Louis U. L. Rev. __ (2007).
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  9. 1 2 3 Hoffman, Jan (April 5, 2009). "Commoner Captures Princess, Blog Version". The New York Times.
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  11. "What Happened On Bellyache Ridge".
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