Anastasia P. Boden

Director, Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute

Topics: Civil Rights • Constitution • Due Process • Federal Courts • Federalism • Federalism & Separation of Powers • Federalist Society • First Amendment • Founding Era & History • Fourteenth Amendment • Jurisprudence • Law & Economics • Litigation • Philosophy • Politics • Regulatory Transparency Project • Separation of Powers • State Governments • Supreme Court

Anastasia Boden is the Director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute.

Before joining the Cato Institute, Anastasia was a civil rights attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, where she led the organization’s equality and opportunity program. She also co‐​created the podcast, Dissed, which tells the stories behind infamous Supreme Court dissents.

In her decade before joining Cato, Anastasia represented entrepreneurs in challenges to onerous occupational licensing laws, anti‐​competitive titling restrictions, and Certificate of Need (CON) programs. She developed nearly a dozen cases challenging CON laws across the country, leading to legislative reform in Montana, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Among her other wins are a case invalidating busking restrictions in Houston, several appellate decisions opening up the courthouse doors to civil rights plaintiffs, and legislative repeal of Virginia’s happy hour advertising restrictions.

Her writings on law and liberty have been featured in The Washington PostThe Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago TribuneForbes, and more, and she has appeared on Headline NewsReason TVNewsmax, and John Stossel.

Anastasia earned her B.A. with Dean’s Honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was research assistant to Professor Randy E. Barnett—the intellectual “Godfather” of the constitutional challenge to Obamacare.


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