Two themes underlie my scholarship. First, I’m intrigued by the vast growth of governmental regulation and the increasingly dominant role played by policymakers at the federal level. What exactly are the costs and benefits of the current push toward centralization? Under what conditions can individuals can create orderly communities and efficient rules without resort to the coercive power of a central authority?
Second, I’m curious about how the law structures the lives of so-called ordinary people, especially people of color. How does the law establish and maintain boundaries between insiders and outsiders? How do communities punish the behavior of deviants and reward the actions of good neighbors?