My Education

  • Harvard Law School
  • Harvard College
  • Duncan Kennedy
    Although I never took a course with him, Duncan Kennedy was the professor whose work influenced me the most as a law student and later as a junior faculty member. He continues to influence me; the value competition framework reexpresses his critical legal studies project of finding ideology within reason in utilitarian, efficiency-based terms.
  • Thomas Schelling
    I took a class on game theory with Professor Schelling the first semester of my freshman year, and continue to be inspired by his project of applying reason to human affairs.


  • First Church
    I'm a member and former president of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Essex County in Orange, New Jersey.
  • Community Coalition
    Before joining the school board, I was a trustee and officer in the South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race.
  • School Board
    In 2006, I was elected to the board of the South Orange-Maplewood School District.


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After getting tenure some years ago, I decided I would use it to write a book explaining how democratic politics works and doesn't work. I don't have a book yet, but I do have a research program that I want to share. Thus this blog, which is a combination of papers and paper outlines with semi-regular postings on successful and unsuccessful value competition in politics, business, ethics, law, culture, and the brain.


Figuring out how value competition realizes or fails to realize social welfare. I'm also interested in puzzles, education, and a few other things...