Professor Epperly joined the faculty at USC in 2012. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, where he was the Titus Ellison Fellow for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies. He teaches courses on comparative politics, political institutions, and law and courts.
Professor Epperly’s research and teaching interests focus broadly on the role of institutions in comparative politics. Specifically, he is interested in variation in the rule of law across democracy and dictatorship, especially the relationship between the judiciary and the “political” branches of government. He is also interested in public trust in legal institutions, particularly in the postcommunist states of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. He has published work in Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Law and Courts, and elsewhere.