Professor of Law
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
- Judicial Behavior
- Empirical Methods
- Measuring Inconsistency, Indeterminacy, and Error in Adjudication in 16 american law & economics review 40 (2014).
- Reuniting ‘Is’ and ‘Ought’ in Empirical Legal Scholarship in 162 university of pennsylvania law review 117-168 (2013).
- Interpreting Circuit Court Voting Patterns: A Social Interactions Framework in journal of law, economics & organization (2013) doi: 10.1093/jleo/ews042.
- Racial Disparities Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines: The Role of Judicial Discretion and Mandatory Minimums in 9 journal of empirical legal studies 729-764 (2012) (with Max M. Schanzenbach).
- 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).
- PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- JD, Yale Law School
- AB, Princeton University
- Associate Professor of Law, 2012-2015, Northwestern University School of Law
- Associate Professor of Law, 2008-2012, University of Virginia School of Law
- Assistant Professor, 2006-2008, Tufts University