Scalia Law School has assembled a distinctive, interdisciplinary faculty, many of whom hold doctorates in economics, philosophy, political science or related fields. Our law and economics professors are regularly called upon to provide timely and relevant economic analysis of legal issues confronting policy makers worldwide, and they have held top positions in government agencies, practiced in some of the largest law firms, testified regularly before Congress, advised Presidents, and clerked for the most prestigious courts. Learn more about some of our impressive faculty members below. For full faculty profiles, visit the Faculty Directory.

THE HONORABLE JOSHUA D. WRIGHT

University Professor
B.A., University of California, San Diego; J.D., University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

University Professor Joshua D. Wright is the Executive Director of the Global Antitrust Institute and holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Economics. On January 1, 2013, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Professor Wright as a member of the Federal Trade Commission, following his nomination by President Obama to that position. He rejoined Scalia Law as a full-time member of the faculty in Fall 2015. Professor Wright is the author of scores of articles on antitrust and intellectual property. Read More

THE HONORABLE DOUGLAS H. GINSBURG

Professor of Law and Senior Circuit Judge
B.S., Cornell University; J.D., University of Chicago Law School

Judge Ginsburg is a leading authority on competition law and policy, administrative law, and law and economics. In his distinguished career, he has been a professor of law at Harvard University (1975-1983), and held a number of posts in the executive branch of federal government (1983-1986), including Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust in the U.S. Department of Justice  was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals  by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and served as Chief Judge from 2001 to 2008. Read More

DEAN HENRY N. BUTLER

George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Law & Economics Center
B.A., University of Richmond; M.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; J.D., University of Miami

A leading public policy analyst and specialist in law and economics, Dean Butler is Foundation Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Law & Economics Center at Scalia Law. He has devoted much of his career to improving the country’s civil justice system through judicial education programs. Dean Butler previously served as the first executive director of the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth. Read More

TODD J. ZYWICKI

Foundation Professor of Law
A.B., Dartmouth College; M.A., Clemson University; J.D., University of Virginia

Todd J. Zywicki is George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law at Scalia Law School, Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and Senior Fellow at the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Since 2006 he has served as Co-Editor of the Supreme Court Economic Review. From 2003–04, Professor Zywicki served as the Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission. Professor Zywicki is the author of more than 70 articles in leading law reviews and peer-reviewed economics journals. He testifies often before Congress on issues of consumer bankruptcy law and consumer credit and is a frequent commentator on legal issues in the print and broadcast media. Read More

BRUCE KOBAYASHI

Professor of Law
B.S., University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Professor of Law Bruce H. Kobayashi's background in economics makes him a vital part of the law and economics focus at George Mason. Since coming to George Mason in 1992, he has been a frequent contributor to economics and law and economics journals. He has held positions with the Federal Trade Commission as a senior economist, the US Sentencing Commission as a senior research associate, and the U.S. Department of Justice as an economist. Read More

THE HONORABLE TIMOTHY J. MURIS

George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law
B.A., San Diego State University; J.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Professor Timothy J. Muris served from 2000-2004 as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. During his tenure at the FTC, he created the highly popular National Do Not Call Registry that has allowed millions of consumers to block unwanted telemarketing calls. After leaving the FTC in 1985, Professor Muris served in the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget for three years. Read More

D. BRUCE JOHNSEN

Professor of Law
B.A., University of Washington; M.A., University of Washington; Ph.D., University of Washington; J.D., Emory University School of Law

Professor of Law D. Bruce Johnsen came to Scalia Law in 1994 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught courses in the Legal Studies and Finance departments. He was a visiting senior research scholar at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Professor Johnsen teaches Legal and Economic Methods, Financial Theory, Business Associations, and the Law of Investment Management. Read More

JAMES C. COOPER

Associate Professor of Law and Director, Program on Economics & Privacy
B.A., University of South Carolina; J.D., George Mason University; Ph.D., Emory University

Professor Cooper brings over a decade of public and private sector experience to his research and teaching. He served as Deputy and Acting Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning, Advisor to Federal Trade Commissioner William Kovacic, and an associate in the antitrust group of Crowell and Moring, LLP. His research on vertical restraints, price discrimination, behavioral economics and antitrust, and privacy policy have appeared in top journals and are widely cited. Read More