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Law School adds new faculty for the 2019-2020 academic year

October 02, 2019

For this academic year, Penn Law has added three members to the faculty. The new hires are in addition to the six professors brought on between 2016 and 2018.

Shaun Ossei-Owusu, Elizabeth Pollman, and Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein bring a broad range of interdisciplinary experience and research to Penn Law. 

Presidential Assistant Professor of Law Shaun Ossei-Owusu joined the faculty from Columbia Law School, where he was an Academic Fellow and a Kellis E. Parker Teaching Fellow. He is an interdisciplinary legal scholar with expertise in legal history, criminal law and procedure, and civil rights and also works on stratification in the legal profession.


Professor of Law Elizabeth Pollman will join Penn Law in 2020 from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, and she was a fellow at the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford Law School, her alma mater. Professor Pollman specializes in corporate law and governance with a focus on startups, entrepreneurship, and law and technology.


Perry World House Professor of Practice of Law and Human Rights Zeid Ra’an Al Hussein is the former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and winner of the 2015 Stockholm Human Rights Award and the 2018 Human Rights Tulip Prize. He is an authority on human rights law and international criminal law.


Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law Ted Ruger has pinpointed and praised the “rich and diverse array of [the faculty’s] cross-disciplinary research,” calling it the “core of Penn Law’s academic community.” 


Other faculty hired during Dean Ruger’s tenure include:


Assistant Professor of Law Maggie Blackhawk joined Penn Law in 2017 from Harvard Law School, where she was the Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law. She is an expert on federal Indian law, constitutional law, and legislation.

Professor of Law Allison Hoffman came to Penn Law from UCLA Law School. She is an expert on health care law and policy and was awarded the Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2018-19.
Professor of Law David Hoffman joined the faculty in 2017 from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where he was the Murray H. Shusterman Professor in Transactional and Business Law. He is an expert in contracts, financial law, and economics who uses behavioral analysis and empirical data to understand contract law in the digital age.
James G. Dinan University Professor Herbert Hovenkamp came to Penn Law in 2017 from the University of Iowa College Law School, where he was the Ben and Dorothy Willie Chair. He is an internationally renowned antitrust law expert. 
Assistant Professor Natasha Sarin joined the faculty in 2018 from Harvard, where she earned both her JD and PhD in Economics. Her work focuses on the law and finance, particularly financial regulation, consumer finance, and macroprudential risk management.
Andrea Mitchell University Professor in Law, Political Science and Business Ethics Beth Simmons came to Penn Law in 2016 from Harvard, where she was the Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs. She is an authority on human rights and international law and the two-time recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Award for the best book published in the US on government, politics, or international affairs.