Professor Joseph William Singer has been teaching at Harvard Law School since 1992. He was appointed Bussey Professor of Law in 2006. He began teaching at Boston University School of Law in 1984. Singer received a B.A. from Williams College in 1976, an A.M. in political science from Harvard in 1978, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1981. He clerked for Justice Morris Pashman on the Supreme Court of New Jersey from 1981 to 1982 and was an associate at the law firm of Palmer & Dodge in Boston, focusing on municipal law, from 1982 to 1984.

Singer teaches and writes about property law, conflict of laws, and federal Indian law. He also writes about legal theory with an emphasis on moral and political philosophy. He has published more than 80 law review articles. He is the author of Persuasion: Getting to the Other Side (2020), and Choice of Law: Patterns, Arguments, Practices (2020), as well as No Freedom Without Regulation: The Hidden Lesson of the Subprime Crisis (Yale University Press, 2015), and was one of the executive editors of the 2012 edition of Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law. He has written a casebook and a treatise on property law, as well as two theoretical books on property called Entitlement: The Paradoxes of Property (2000) and The Edges of the Field: Lessons on the Obligations of Ownership (2000).


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