Wright Confirmed as FTC Commissioner

On January 1, 2013, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Professor Joshua Wright as a member of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), following his nomination by President Obama to that position.

Commenting on Wright’s confirmation, law school Dean Daniel D. Polsby remarked, “Professor Wright is one of the leading Antitrust scholars of his generation. We are proud that, once again, the White House has turned to a member of the George Mason law faculty for leadership in the Federal Trade Commission.”

Wright is a Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law and holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Economics. He will be on a leave of absence from the faculty upon assuming his duties as a Commissioner.

Wright received a JD, a PhD, and an MA in economics from UCLA, where he was managing editor of the UCLA Law Review, and a BA in economics with highest departmental honors at the University of California, San Diego.

Prior to joining Mason Law’s faculty, Wright clerked for the Honorable James V. Selna of the Central District of California and taught at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Public Policy. In addition, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas School of Law and a Visiting Fellow at the Searle Center at the Northwestern University School of Law.

Wright served as the inaugural Scholar in Residence at the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Competition. He regularly lectures on economics, empirical methods, and antitrust economics to state and federal judges through Mason’s Law & Economics Center Judicial Education Program.

A prolific scholar, Wright’s publications have appeared in numerous leading academic journals, and he has presented testimony at the joint Department of Justice (DOJ)/Federal Trade Commission Hearings on Section 2 of the Sherman Act, the Federal Trade Commission’s “FTC at 100” Conference, and the DOJ/FTC Hearings on the 2010 Horizontal merger guidelines. He is co-editor of Pioneers of Law and Economics (Elgar Publishing) and Competition Policy and Patent Law under Uncertainty: Regulating Innovation (Cambridge Press), as well as co-editor of the Supreme Court Economic Review.

Wright also serves on the editorial boards of the Antitrust Law Journal, Global Competition Policy, and Competition Policy International. He is Director of Research at the International Center for Law and Economics, a member of the National Science Foundation Advisory Panel for Law and Social Sciences, a Senior Fellow at the George Mason Information Economy Project, and a regular contributor to Truth on the Market, a weblog dedicated to academic commentary on law, business, and economics.