Sepehr Shahshahani





CV (pdf)

Welcome! I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, where I am also an affiliate of the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP), the Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA), and the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP).

My research is on the political economy of regulation, with a focus on American law and courts. I aim in my work to bring formal and quantitative methods to bear on the study of legal institutions in a way that is sensitive to legal nuances, so I employ legal analysis alongside game theory and statistics. Such research often crosses doctrinal boundaries, but my recent focus has been on procedure and intellectual property law. My work has been published or is forthcoming in the Journal of Law & Economics and the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, as well as in law reviews.

I was born and raised in Iran. Before coming to graduate school, I was a litigator in New York and a law clerk to federal judges.



"The Role of Courts in Technology Policy." The Journal of Law & Economics (forthcoming) (SSRN).

"Religion and Judging on the Federal Courts of Appeals" (with Lawrence Liu). Journal of Empirical Legal Studies (2017) (SSRN).

"The Nirvana Fallacy in Fair Use Reform." Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology (2015) (SSRN).

"The Design of Useful Article Exclusion: A Way Out of the Mess." Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. (2010) (SSRN).

"Politics Under the Cover of Law: Can International Law Help Resolve the Iran Nuclear Crisis?" Boston University International Law Journal (2007) (PDF).

Selected Working Papers

"The Fact-Law Distinction and the Trial Courts."

"Judicial Leadership in Theory and Practice" (with Charles Cameron and Mehdi Shadmehr).

"Strategic Abstention, Missing Data, and Ideal Point Estimation" (with Asya Magazinnik) (poster).