Kathryn Watts

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Jack R. MacDonald Endowed Chair
Professor of Law

(206) 543-6299

Curriculum Vitae | SSRN author page


  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Presidential Powers
  • U.S. Supreme Court


B.S. 1998, Northwestern University
J.D. 2001, Northwestern University School of Law


  • Norm Maleng Faculty Excellence Award (2012)
  • Dean’s Medal (2011)
  • Philip A. Trautman Large Section Professor of the Year Award (2010)
  • Philip A. Trautman Large Section Professor of the Year Award (2009)
  • Recipient of the ABA Section on Administrative Law Award for Distinguished Scholarship for "Agency Rules with the Force of Law: The Original Convention" (with Thomas W. Merrill) (2003)

Selected Publications

  • Lisa Manheim & Kathryn Watts, The Limits of Presidential Power: A Citizen's Guide to the Law (2018).

  • Elizabeth G. Porter & Kathryn A. Watts, Visual Rulemaking, 91 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1183-1278 (2016).

  • Kathryn A. Watts, Controlling Presidential Control, 114 Mich. L. Rev. 683-745 (2016).

  • A Guide to Judicial and Political Review of Federal Agencies (2d ed., Michael E. Herz, Richard W. Murphy & Kathryn A. Watts eds., American Bar Association Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, 2015). 397 pages.

  • Kathryn A. Watts, Rulemaking as Legislating, 103 Geo. L. J. 1003-60 (2015).

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