Max M. Schanzenbach

Schanzenbach, Max M.

Professor of Law
Professor of Business Law, Management & Strategy, Kellogg School of Management (Courtesy)

Phone: (312) 503-4425

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Max Schanzenbach joined the Northwestern faculty in 2003 as an Assistant Professor of Law. He was previously the Benjamin Mazur Professor of Law. In the Spring of 2008, he was the Bruce W. Nichols Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He received his JD from Yale Law School and his PhD (economics) from Yale. Schanzenbach's research is primarily empirical and has ranged across such fields as trusts and estates, criminal sentencing, and tort reform's impact on healthcare markets. His work has appeared in leading law reviews, such as the Yale Law Journal and the University of Chicago Law Review, as well as law and economics journals, such as the Journal of Legal Studies, the Journal of Law and Economics, and the Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization. Schanzenbach clerked on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals for Judge Alan E. Norris.

Areas of Expertise

  • Business Associations
  • Criminal Justice
  • Estates and Trusts
  • Tort Reform

Selected Publications

  • Did Reform of Prudent Trust Investment Laws Change Trust Portfolio Allocation? in 50 journal of law & economics 681-712 (2007). (with Robert H. Sitkoff )
  • Jurisdictional Competition for Trust Funds: An Empirical Analysis of Perpetuities and Taxes in 115 yale law journal 356-437 (2005). (with Robert H. Sitkoff)
  • Policing Politics at Sentencing in 103 northwestern university law review 1371-1398 (2009). (with Emerson H. Tiller, and Stephanos Bibas )
  • Strategic Judging Under the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines: Positive Political Theory and Evidence in 23 journal of law, economics, & organization 24-56 (2007). (with Emerson H. Tiller )
  • The Impact of Tort Reform on Private Health Insurance Coverage, February 2010 in 12 american law and economics review 319-355 (2010). (with Ronen Avraham)


  • BA, University of Oklahoma
  • JD, Yale University
  • PhD, Yale University

Prior Appointments

  • Director of the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth, Northwestern School of Law
  • Law Clerk, 2002-2003, Hon. Alan E. Norris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit