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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  • Email: Send an email
  • Phone: 703-993-8178
  • Office: Room 433J, Hazel Hall, Arlington Campus
  • Address: George Mason University School of Law
    3301 Fairfax Dr. Arlington, VA 22201

Biographical Sketch

Associate Professor David Schleicher is a 2004 graduate of Harvard Law School. He also holds an MS.c. in Economics from the London School of Economics and A.B. from Dartmouth College. He has taught at a number of law schools around the country, including Yale, Harvard, New York University, and Georgetown. In 2014, Schleicher won the George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award, a University-wide award given for "outstanding teaching...deserving of recognition."

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, and called "the most important thinker we have on the subject of local government."

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" and Reuters called him "an expert on the political economy of urban areas." 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.

His work has appeared in a number of law journals, including the Yale Law Journal and the University of Chicago Law Review, among others, as well as in the Atlantic, Slate and the San Francisco Chronicle.