Zach Lang

Zach Lang

Political Science PhD Candidate

University of Missouri


I am a political science PhD candidate at the Harry S Truman School of Government & Public Affairs and a graduate fellow at the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri. Before moving to Missouri, I received my BA in Government from St. Lawrence University in upstate New York. My subfields are American politics and public policy. My research interests focus on federalism and intergovernmental relations. My dissertation examines the content of multistate lawsuits against the federal government over the past 40 years, the role that state attorneys general play in them, and the tactics that state coalitions engage in during litigation.

You can download a copy of my Curriculum Vitae here.

I was born and raised in the “Hereford Zone,” a rural, agriculture-heavy area outside of Baltimore, Maryland. I was interested in social studies and teaching from a young age. When I’m not working on my dissertation, you can usually find me out running, out with friends, or inside playing through a new video game…a good day is a combination of all three.

  • American Government and Politics
  • Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
  • The Constitution
  • Political Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Ancient, Medieval, and Modern/Enlightenment Political Thought
  • American Political Behavior
  • PhD in Political Science, 2024 (expected)

    University of Missouri

  • BA in Government, 2019

    St. Lawrence University



“State Politics in the Early Republic and the Development of the American Executive: Representation, Party Politics, and Executive Selection Mechanisms 1788-1832.” With Aric Gooch. (Under review).

“Federalism from the Bottom up: State Variation and Partisanship in Multistate Litigation against the Federal Government.” (Under review).

“Lessons from Dragons: Teaching Political Science with HBO’s House of the Dragon.” With Ronnie Olesker. (Under review).

“The States Strike Back: the Role of Attorneys General in Multistate Litigation against the Federal Government.” (in progress).


University of Missouri

Future Courses (tentative)

  • Topics in Political Science: The Politics of Star Wars, POLSC 2004, Spring 2024


  • American Government, POLSC 1100, Fall 2022
  • Topics in Political Science: The Politics of Star Wars, POLSC 2004, Fall 2023

Teaching Assistant

  • Liberty, Justice and the Common Good, POLSC 2800, Fall 2019
  • American Government, POLSC 1100, Spring 2020
  • Race and the American Story, POLSC 2425, Fall 2020
  • The Intellectual World of the Founders, POLSC 2450, Fall 2020
  • Constitutional Rights, POLSC 4210, Spring 2021
  • The Constitutional Debates, POLSC 2455, Fall 2021, Spring 2022
  • Elections and Democracy in the US, POLSC 4190, Spring 2022

Student Teacher

  • AP European History, Hereford High School, MD. Spring 2017

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