Joshua Fischman

Fischman, Joshua

Associate Professor of Law

Phone: (312) 503-2102

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Joshua Fischman joined the faculty in 2012 as Associate Professor of Law. He was previously an associate professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and an assistant professor in the economics department at Tufts University. He received his JD from Yale Law School and his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His areas of interest include law and economics, empirical methods, judicial decision making, and criminal sentencing. His research has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as the Journal of Law and Economics, the Journal of Legal Studies, the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization.

Areas of Expertise

  • Law and Economics
  • Administrative Law
  • Quantitative Methods

Selected Publications

  • Estimating Preferences of Circuit Judges: A Model of Consensus Voting in 54 journal of law and economics 781 (2011).
  • Do Standards of Review Matter? The Case of Federal Criminal Sentencing in 40 journal of legal studies 405 (2011) (with Max M. Schanzenbach).
  • What Is Judicial Ideology, and How Should We Measure It? in 29 washington university journal of law and policy 133 (2009) (with David S. Law).
  • Interpreting Circuit Court Voting Patterns: A Social Interactions Framework in journal of law, economics & organization (2013) doi: 10.1093/jleo/ews042.


  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • JD, Yale Law School
  • AB, Princeton University

Prior Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Law, 2008-2012, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Assistant Professor, 2006-2008, Tufts University