Alumni (National Fellow)

Erik Erlandson

Jefferson Scholars Foundation National Fellow
B.A. University of Oregon (2012)
M.A. University of Virginia (2014)
Ph.D. University of Virginia (2018)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Professional Sectors:
Law/Legal Services
Dream Mentor:
Reuel Schiller
University of California, Hastings College of Law
Fields of Interest:
American Political Development
Economic Policy
Legal History


Erik Erlandson is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Virginia. He will defend his dissertation, “Regulator-in-Chief: The Presidency, Red Tape, and the Transformation of the Administrative State, 1975-1981,” in the fall of 2018. Erik’s work draws on these three subfields to offer a new understanding of American law and politics in the late twentieth century and argues that the institutional tools which enabled the Reagan Revolution were actually spearheaded by liberals in the Carter Administration. Erik’s work has appeared in the Journal of Policy History, the Business History Review, and the Washington Post. He was recently awarded the 2018 Ellis Hawley Prize from the Journal of Policy History (for the best article by an early career scholar). Erik will be a lecturer in legal history at U.Va. next year.

Thesis Description:

Confronting Leviathan: The Struggle to Control the Administrative State in Twentieth-Century America

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