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William J. Novak

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Affiliated Research Professor

Joint appointment

Charles F. and Edith J. Clyne Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School


Ph.D., Brandeis University


Bill Novak is an award-winning legal scholar and historian. He teaches in the fields of legal history, legislation, and regulation, and his research interests focus on the history of the modern American regulatory state. He previously was a professor of history at the University of Chicago and a research professor at the American Bar Foundation. In 1996, he published The People's Welfare: Law and…

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Research focus

Interdisciplinary perspectives on law, legal history and law and the humanities, legal theory and philosophy, public law and regulatory policy 

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