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James C. Cooper

Professor, Economic Foundations of Legal Studies


Dr. James C. Cooper teaches Economic Foundations of Legal Studies for the TFAS Legal Studies Institute (LSI). He is an associate professor of law and director of the Program on Economics and Privacy (PEP) at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School.

Cooper brings over a decade of public- and private-sector experience to his research and teaching. He served as deputy and acting director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning, advisor to Federal Trade Commissioner William Kovacic and an associate in the antitrust group of Crowell and Moring, LLP. His research on vertical restraints, price discrimination, behavioral economics and antitrust, as well as privacy policy have appeared in top journals and are widely cited.

Cooper holds a B.A. from the University of South Carolina and a J.D., magna cum laude, from George Mason University School of Law, where he was a Levy Fellow and a member of the George Mason Law Review. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from Emory University.