Zephyr Teachout

Zephyr Teachout was a senior fellow in New America's Open Markets program. She is an Associate Law Professor at Fordham Law School and a former Democratic gubernatorial and congressional candidate in New York. She writes about political law, with a focus on corruption: her book Corruption in America (Harvard University Press) was published in 2014. She is also known for her innovative work as Director of Online Organizing for Howard Dean's 2004 Presidential Campaign, where she led the first technical team developing social media tools for supporters, many of which were used in Obama's 2008 online campaign. As the first National Director of the Sunlight Foundation, she led several crowd-sourced investigative journalism projects, including a national campaign to expose the political connections behind earmarks. She started her career as a death penalty lawyer in North Carolina. She has a JD and an MA in Political Science from Duke, and a BA in English from Yale. As a MERI fellow, she worked on developing frameworks to understand the the role of monopolistic companies in American political ecosystem.

All Work

OPEN MARKETS
The University of Chicago worries about a lack of competition

The Economist wrote an article describing a recent conference which featured several members of the Open Markets Program


OPEN MARKETS
Neil Gorsuch sides with big business, big donors and big bosses

Zephyr Teachout wrote for The Washington Post about Neil Gorsuch's record on issues of corporate power.


OPEN MARKETS
Trump Could Be the Most Corruptible President Ever

Zephyr Teachout wrote in Politico about President-elect Donald Trump and his potential conflicts of interest.


NEW AMERICA NYC
When Business Gets Political Podcast

Corporations are the dominant actors in Washington. Of the 100 organizations that spend the most on lobbying, 95 represent business.


POLITICAL REFORM and NEW AMERICA NYC
Curbing Corruption

In a world where the power of big money feels insurmountable, is there anything ordinary citizens can do about it?


OPEN MARKETS
Corruption in America

Corruption in America” shows that it is possible to establish and maintain governmental institutions that shield us from our worst instincts


OPEN MARKETS
What John Roberts Doesn’t Get About Corruption

Quite a lot, it turns out.


OPEN MARKETS
Obama Should Fire His FCC Chairman

Barack Obama made an important promise when he first ran for president. “The Internet is perhaps the most important network in history, and