Professor Kathryn A. Watts, who joined the faculty in 2007, teaches administrative law, constitutional law and Supreme Court decision making. She currently serves as Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, and she was recently selected to serve as the Garvey Schubert Barer Professor of Law. Her scholarship has been published in a variety of top journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and the Northwestern University Law Review. In addition, she is a two-time recipient of the Philip A. Trautman Professor of the Year Award given by the student body.
Professor Watts earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law, where she earned the John Paul Stevens Prize for Academic Excellence for graduating first in her class and the Raoul Berger Prize for her senior research paper on the history of general rulemaking grants. Professor Watts clerked for Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Professor Watts' research focuses on the interaction between federal courts and other governmental actors, with a particular emphasis on interaction between the judiciary and administrative agencies. She also writes about U.S. Supreme Court decision making.