Spencer Overton

Director, GW Multiracial Democracy Project

Spencer Overton is the Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law at George Washington University and has researched, published, and taught extensively on democracy and race. He also directs GW’s Multiracial Democracy Project, which serves as a bridge between scholars, policymakers, civil rights organizations, and democracy groups to tackle challenges like racialized disinformation and election structures that thwart multiracial democracy. Spencer successfully led efforts to expand democracy while serving in various positions, including as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy during the Obama Administration, and as a member of two national election commissions and the boards of Common Cause and Demos. He also served as president of and rebuilt the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies—America’s Black think tank. Spencer practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton, clerked for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Damon Keith, and graduated with honors from both Hampton University and Harvard Law School.