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Professor Jonathan David Shaub joined UK Rosenberg Law as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2020. Shaub’s research focuses on the Constitution’s separation of powers, executive privilege, presidential power, the role of the judiciary, and congressional oversight. Shaub is currently utilizing his expertise in these areas by serving in a part-time capacity as Senior Associate Counsel to the President, as part of the White House Counsel’s Office. At Rosenberg College of Law, he teaches constitutional law, federal courts, and a seminar on presidential power.

Shaub’s scholarship has been published in the Duke Law Journal, Constitutional Commentary, and Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, among other places. He is also a contributing editor to the Lawfare blog, which provides accessible legal commentary on current constitutional and national security issues. Shaub’s research and expertise have been discussed and quoted by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, CNN, and Time, among other places. And he has appeared as a guest on NPR’s “This American Life,” “Weekend Edition,” and “Morning Edition” to discuss executive privilege and related issues.  His writing has also appeared in The Atlantic.

Shaub joined UK Rosenberg Law after serving in both federal and state government. He formerly served as an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he provided legal advice to the President and executive branch agencies and worked extensively on issues related to congressional oversight. Following that, he served as Assistant Solicitor General for the State of Tennessee, in which capacity he litigated cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, Tennessee Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Shaub also served as a Bristow Fellow in the U.S. Solicitor General’s Office and clerked for the Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit after law school.

Shaub earned his law degree from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and his B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt, Shaub also played safety for Commodores’ football team (though he managed only a 1-2 record against Kentucky). Additionally, Shaub holds an M.A. in creative writing from Belmont University. He’s ecstatic to be at University of Kentucky, which is the alma mater of his late grandfather, Dr. Joseph C. Ross.


  • Constitutional Law
  • Civil Rights
  • First Amendment
  • Federal Jurisdiction
  • Supreme Court
  • Congressional Oversight
  • Presidential Power
Scholarly Articles

The Executive's Privilege, 70 Duke Law Journal, 70 Duke L.J. 1 (2020)”

Expatriation Restored, 55 Harv. J. Legis. 363 (2018) 

Delegation Enforcement by State Attorneys General, 52 U. Rich. L. Rev. 653 (2018) 

Children’s Freedom of Speech and Expressive Maturity, 36 Law & Psychol. Rev. 191 (2012) 

A Positive Theory and Empirical Analysis of Strategic Word Choice in District Court Opinions

4 J. Legal Analysis 407 (2012) (with Rachael Hinkle, Andrew Martin, & Emerson Tiller) 

A Foucauldian Call for the Archaeological Excavation of Discourse in the Post-Boumediene Habeas Litigation, 105 Nw. U. L. Rev. 869 (2011)


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