Nicolas Cornell joined Michigan Law as an assistant professor in July and is teaching Contracts and Contract Theory during the fall semester. Cornell came to the Law School from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was an assistant professor of legal studies and business ethics.
“I’m delighted to be joining the Michigan community, with its commitment to rigorous doctrinal and theoretical scholarship,” Cornell says. “I’m awed by my new colleagues, and I’m excited to be among them.”
Cornell writes about contract law, moral philosophy, remedies, and private law theory. His work seeks to connect issues in normative ethics with questions about the foundations of private law doctrine. His articles have appeared in peer-reviewed philosophy journals, including the Philosophical Review and Philosophy & Public Affairs, and in top law reviews, including the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and the Michigan Law Review.
Cornell previously served as a law clerk to Justice John Dooley of the Vermont Supreme Court. He earned a JD from Harvard Law School, a PhD in philosophy from Harvard University, and an AB in philosophy from Harvard College.