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Faisal Chaudhry

Assistant Professor of Law & History; Hanley Institute Sustainability Scholar

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: History; School of Law


Email: Faisal Chaudhry
Phone: (937) 229-3031


Professor Faisal Chaudhry joined the University of Dayton as part of the faculty in the School of Law and Department of History in August 2018. Prior to his appointment, he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, where he taught courses on property, legal theory, environmental justice, and public lands. Previously Professor Chaudhry held positions as an American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow and an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Departments of History and South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where his teaching focused on the history of South and West Asia, law and empire, the history of capitalism, and the history of legal and economic ideas.

After completing his JD, Professor Chaudhry earned a PhD in history, with his doctoral work focusing on the relationship between the nineteenth-century ideal of legal science, rule of law discourse, and colonial capitalism under the British Empire in South Asia. As a legal historian, Professor Chaudhry’s research interests continue to focus on our understanding of the role of law and economy in the transition from the ‘early modern’ to the ‘modern’ age (between the 18 and 20th centuries) in the Eastern Islamicate world. In addition to a forthcoming book on British India and the globalization of classical legal thought, Professor Chaudhry is conducting archival research for a second monograph looking at the importance of heterodox legal and economic ideas in forging new understandings of the relationship between state, society and the market among anti-colonialists and agitators for freedom in colonial and early independence-era South Asia. He is also working on a longer-term project that examines idioms of land control, property, and rights in the early modern Persianate legal cultures of the Mughal and Safavid Empires.

As a scholar of the contemporary world, Professor Chaudhry's general interests are in the legal-institutional underpinnings of the market and the interaction between law, distributional justice, and sustainable economic development. More specifically, his research into present-day topics explores concepts of property rights and economic rent as they apply to land/natural resource use and the innovation system, both inside the United States and beyond its borders. Among his previous and ongoing writing projects are articles about inequality, housing finance, and the contemporary real estate economy; intellectual property regime design and access to medicines; and the limits of private entitlement-based approaches to environmental externalities and ecological debt.


Ph.D., Harvard University
J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Columbia University

Areas of Law

Property & Contract

Environment & Land/Natural Resource Use

Intellectual Property & International Economic Law

Legal History & Legal Theory

Law and Empire & Law and Political Economy

Selected Publications

Globalizing Classical Legal Thought: India in the age of colonialism, 1757-c.1914 (forthcoming Oxford University Press).

Property as Rent, St. Johns Law Review (forthcoming 2020).

Property and its Rule (in Late Indo-Islamic and Early Colonial) South Asia: What’s in a Name?, 61 J. Econ. & Social Hist. of the Orient (2018).

Intellectual Property Rights and the Global Crisis of Non-Communicable Disease, 19 N.C.J.L. & Tech. 175 (2017).

The Promise and Paradox of Max Weber's Legal Sociology: The ‘Categories Of Legal Thought’ as Types of Meaningful Action and the Persistence of the Problem of Judicial Legislation, 20 S. Cal. Int. L.J. 249 (2011). 

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