Anthony Michael Kreis

Law & Courts, Public Administration & Management

Hometown: Clinton, NJ

Curriculum Vitae

Anthony Michael Kreis is a Ph.D Candidate in the Departments of Political Science and Public Administration & Policy. His major fields are law and courts and public administration and management.

Mr. Kreis came to the University of Georgia from Charlottesville, Virginia after he earned his law degree from Washington and Lee University and studied at the University of Virginia.

While at Washington and Lee, Mr. Kreis studied under First Amendment scholar Rodney A. Smolla and religious liberty scholar Robin Fretwell Wilson.  At the University of Virginia, he worked under Georgia native and civil rights leader, Julian Bond.

Mr. Kreis’ scholarship has been featured in law journals published by Yale University, New York University, Georgetown University, the University of Minnesota, Emory University and William & Mary.  His recent research on same-sex marriage in the legislative process has been used by legislators in states considering same-sex marriage legislation as a blueprint for legislative strategy and statutory drafting. He has presented his work at law schools throughout the country including Georgetown University, Emory University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest University.  In 2012, he delivered the University of Virginia’s Constitution Day Lecture.

In 2013, he was a visiting scholar-in-residence at Emory University School of Law, where he focused on same-sex marriage litigation in federal courts.

In addition to Kreis’ scholarship, his commentary on current events has been featured on the Huffington Post, SCOTUSblog, and in regional media outlets including the Richmond-Times Dispatch, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and local National Public Radio.

He also serves on governing body of the Human Rights Campaign’s Atlanta division, where he earned the Allen Thornell Award for Political Advancement from Georgia Equality for his advocacy on behalf of the LGBT community in Georgia.


J.D., Washington and Lee University 2011,

B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2008, Political Science

Research Interests

Mr. Kreis’ research interests include constitutional theory, administrative law, civil rights, federal courts, legislation, social movements and the law, First Amendment law (religion and speech), and sexual orientation and the law.