Peter Shane

Peter Shane

Peter Shane

Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law


204B Mershon Center
1501 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH 43201

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  • J.D., Yale Law School (1977)
  • A.B., Social Studies, Harvard University (1974)


Peter Shane has research and teaching interests in constitutional and administrative law (with a particular emphasis on the U.S. presidency, including the executive's foreign and military affairs powers), democratic theory, and the democratic implications of new media. 

Named a 2011 Ohio State Distinguished University Scholar, he is author of Cybersecurity: Shared Risks, Shared Responsibilities, with Jeffrey Hunker (Carolina Academic Press, 2013), based on a 2011 Mershon-suppoprted conference; Connecting Democracy: Online Consultation and the Flow of Political Communication, with Stephen Coleman (MIT Press, 2011), based on a 2008 Mershon-sponsoed conference; Separation of Powers Law: Cases and Materials, 3d ed., with Harold Bruff (Carolina Academic Press, 2011); and Madison's Nightmare: How Executive Power Threatens American Democracy (University of Chicago Press, 2009).  

Shane was a visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School for the 2011-12 academic year, and executive director of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracyin 2008-09. From 2002 to 2006, he was principal investigator for the National Science Foundation-funded Virtual Agora Project, and in 2010 he directed the Knight Foundation-funded Information Stories project with Liv Gjestvang.

Faculty Links

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Department web page
Blog: Huffington Post
Blog: Shane Reactions

Media Links

Ohio State Insights: What does impeachment mean? 4 things you might not know (2019)
Moritz College of Law: Shane elected to ACS Board of Directors (2019)
Ohio State Insights: Will a ‘national emergency’ build a border wall? (2019)
Moritz College of Law: Shane testifies at Kavanaugh confirmation hearing (2018)
Moritz College of Law: NSA surveillance program focus of 'draft symposium' (2013)
Moritz College of Law: Connecting Democracy: Online Consultation and the Flow of Political Communication (2012)
Moritz College of Law: Professor Shane receives Distinguished Scholar Award (2011)
Moritz College of Law: What has the Obama presidency meant for the growth of presidential power? (2011) 
Moritz College of Law: Madison's Nightmare: How Executive Power Threatens American Democracy (2009) 
Moritz College of Law: Professor Peter Shane Speaks to National Press Club (2009) 
Moritz College of Law: Professors Shane, Swire named to Obama-Biden Transition teams (2008)
Moritz College of Law: OSU Law Professor to direct first major news and society study in 40 years (2008)

Mershon Projects

Cybersecurity: Shared Risks, Shared Responsibility (2010-11)
Online Consultation and Public Policy Making: Democracy, Identity, and New Media (2007-08)