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Cary Coglianese

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Cary Coglianese

Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science; Director, Penn Program on Regulation

Cary Coglianese specializes in the study of administrative law and regulatory processes, with an emphasis on the empirical evaluation of alternative processes and strategies and the role of public participation, technology, and business-government relations in policymaking.

The author of more than 200 articles, book chapters, and essays on administrative law and regulatory policy, Coglianese’s recent book projects have included: Achieving Regulatory Excellence; Does Regulation Kill Jobs?; Regulatory Breakdown: The Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Regulation; Import Safety: Regulatory Governance in the Global Economy; and Regulation and Regulatory Processes. He has also recently written on climate change policy, public participation and transparency in federal rulemaking, the use of artificial intelligence by government agencies, voluntary environmental programs, and role of waivers and exemptions in regulatory law.

The founding director of the Penn Program on Regulation, Coglianese previously served as Penn Carey Law’s Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs. Prior to joining the Penn faculty, he spent a dozen years on the faculty at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government where he founded and chaired the school’s Regulatory Policy Program and was an affiliated scholar at the Harvard Law School. He also has served as a visiting law professor at Stanford University and Vanderbilt University.

A public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), a federal agency that develops recommendations for improving the administrative aspects of government, Coglianese currently serves as the Chair of ACUS’s Rulemaking Committee. He also has served as the chair and co-chair of several committees of the American Bar Association’s section on administrative law as well as a member of the section’s governing Council.

At Penn, Coglianese teaches courses in administrative law, environmental law, regulatory law and policy, and policy analysis. The chair of Penn Carey Law’s Government Service and Public Affairs Initiative, he is a faculty affiliate of Penn’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, the Wharton Risk Center, and the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice. In addition, he serves as the faculty director for Penn Carey Law’s executive education program on regulatory analysis and decision-making and teaches periodically in the Wharton School’s executive education program.

He founded the Law & Society Association’s international collaborative research network on regulatory governance, served as a founding editor of the international peer-reviewed journal Regulation & Governance, and created and now advises the daily production of The Regulatory Review, a global online publication covering issues of administrative and regulatory law and policy.

Currently the chair of a National Academy of Sciences committee studying implications for law and regulation of emerging trends in the maritime sector, Coglianese has served as a member of other Academy committees on performance-based regulation and on ways to improve federal inspections of offshore oil and gas development. He has also served on an Aspen Institute panel on energy governance. He has provided research and advice on various regulatory issues to the Alberta Energy Regulator (Canada), Environment Canada, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).


  • Ph.D. (political science)University of Michigan94
  • M.P.P. (public policy)University of Michigan91
  • J.D.University of Michigan91
  • A.B.The College of Idaho85

Courses Taught

  • Administrative Law| Environmental Law| Policy Analysis| Regulatory Law & Policy| Advanced Regulatory Law & Policy


    • Administrative, Regulatory, and Compliance Law
    • Environmental Law
    • International and Comparative Law
    • Law and Economics