David Schleicher

Associate Professor of Law

A.B., Dartmouth College; M.Sc., London School of Economics; J.D., Harvard Law School

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Associate Professor David Schleicher is a 2004 magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. He also holds an MS.c. in Economics from the London School of Economics and graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. in Economics and Government from Dartmouth College.

Schleicher's research examines issues in election law and local government law. His election law research looks at how laws affect political party competition, particularly in the context of low salience local and state elections. This work has been described by a leading scholar as "creative and provocative", "bubbling over with ideas" and praised for "fram[ing] a research agenda for the field" of election law. His work in local government law and zoning has been similarly praised. Schleicher has been recognized as an innovator in integrating local government law with modern economic work on cities and agglomeration economics. 

Schleicher's scholarship has also received substantial attention in the popular press.  The Washington Monthly declared that he was "consistently" one of the "most interesting writers on land use issues."  His work was praised repeatedly in The Economist, described as "excellent" by Forbes and called "neat" by Slate.  It has also received notice from ideologically disparate sources, described as "interesting" by the Nation and "indispensable" by the National Review, which has also called him "the most important thinker we have on the subject of local government".

His work has appeared in a number of law journals, including the Yale Law Journal and the University of Chicago Law Review, among others.