Faculty Research

SLS faculty are high-impact scholars whose research defines the cutting edge.

Consistently recognized for their excellence and influence on how people think, on public policy and on the world, Stanford Law scholar-educators are committed to research that crosses disciplines and defines the frontiers of law. SLS faculty are among the most prolific legal scholars in the country, producing widely used casebooks, scholarly articles, empirical studies, working papers, editorials, briefs and academic and popular books on everything from cyberlaw to constitutional law to racial profiling.

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Empiricists At Work

More than a quarter of the SLS faculty conducts empirical research in pursuit of legal insights and solutions to pressing societal challenges.

Robert M. Daines

Robert M. Daines
Law and finance, including CEO pay, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, mandatory disclosure reputations, IPOs, shareholder voting, and takeover defense

John J. Donohue III
The impact of law and public policy in a wide range of areas, including civil rights and antidiscrimination law, employment discrimination, crime and criminal justice, and school funding

David Engstrom

David Freeman Engstrom
Institutional design of litigation and regulatory regimes, including the roots of American employment discrimination law

Nora Engstrom

Nora Freeman Engstrom
Tort law and professional ethics

Lawrence M. Friedman

Lawrence M. Friedman
Legal history as a branch of social history

Joseph A. Grundfest ’78
Capital markets, corporate governance, and securities litigation

 

Deborah Hensler
Dispute resolution, complex litigation, class actions, and mass tort liability

Daniel Ho

Daniel E. Ho
Administrative law, antidiscrimination law, and courts

Mark G. Kelman

Mark G. Kelman
Social science approaches to diverse legal fields, including criminal law, taxation, administration regulation, and disability law

Daniel P. Kessler

Daniel P. Kessler
Health policy and health care finance

Michael Klausner

Michael Klausner
Corporate law, corporate governance, business transactions, and financial regulation

Mark A. Lemley

Mark Lemley
Intellectual property, computer and Internet law, patent law, trademark law, antitrust, and remedies

Robert J. MacCoun

Robert J. MacCoun
Law and psychology, including illicit drug use, drug policy, social influence processes, and bias in the use and interpretation of research evidence

Michelle M. Mello

Michelle M. Mello
Effects of law and regulation on health care delivery and population health outcomes

Alison D. Morantz

Alison D. Morantz
Law and economics of protective labor regulation, enforcement of workplace safety laws, and legal history

Joan Petersilia

Joan Petersilia
Performance of U.S. criminal justice agencies, including sentencing and corrections reform

David M. Studdert

David M. Studdert
How the legal system influences the health and well-being of populations