Affiliated Faculty

David Bernstein is the Executive Director of the Center. Among other academic interests, Professor Bernstein is an expert on the “liberty of contract” era of American constitutional history. His latest book is: Lawless: The Obama Administration’s Unprecedented Assault on the Constitution and the Rule of Law.

JoAnn Koob is the Center’s Director. Professor Koob’s scholarly interests research and writing interests include the First Amendment, with a special focus on freedom of speech and of the press, including corporate speech. Professor Koob also has a background in nonprofit law.

Helen Alvaré writes on matters concerning marriage, parenting, non-marital households, and the First Amendment religion clauses. In addition to her books, and her publications in law reviews, and other academic journals, Professor Alvaré publishes regularly in news outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and USA Today.

Michelle Boardman’s scholarship explores the role of language and court interpretation in maintaining the freedom to contract, among other issues. A former president of the University of Chicago Federalist Society, Professor Boardman has served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice.

Eric Claeys’ scholarship focuses on the influence of natural law and rights theories on American constitutional and property law. In his most recent work, Professor Claeys has shown how a natural law-grounded theory of labor justifies property rights in land and in intellectual property.

Adam Mossoff is co-founder and Director of Academic Programs at GMU’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property. Professor Mossoff has testified before the Senate and the House on patent legislation and spoken at numerous congressional briefings on topics in the patent policy debates.

Chris Newman’s main scholarly area is the intersection of property theory and copyright. In 2014 the American Law Institute named Professor Newman an Associate Reporter for the Restatement (Fourth) of Property.

Ilya Somin is one of the world’s leading experts on property rights and the Constitution, particularly government’s abuse of eminent domain.  His work also focuses on federalism, constitutional theory and the dangers of political ignorance.

Todd Zywicki is a Senior Scholar of the Mercatus Center, a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Humane Studies and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He writes for the Volokh Conspiracy and is a frequently invited speaker for the Federalist Society.