Research and teaching

A law professor at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley, I am trained both as a lawyer and a political scientist. In my research I apply institutional and comparative analysis in order to understand the changing nature of the global economy and international politics.

Most recently, I published an analysis of shareholder activism by labor union led or influenced pension funds. This paper, which appeared this summer in the Cambridge Journal of Economics, reasseses the dominant Berle-Means paradigm. Late last year I published an empirical study of the changing structure of the stock markets with an economist, Jennifer W. Kuan. I am working now on several other papers on corporate governance and the financial markets. I also recently published a book chapter on insider trading in the startup environment in a collection edited by Stephen Bainbridge at UCLA. You can find a copy of the book here and a copy of my chapter here. My most recent book is Rights and Revolution: The Rise and Fall of Nicaragua’s Sandinista Movement. The Hidden History of the Equal Rights Amendment which I co-authored with the late Hal Draper.

At Santa Clara my teaching covers corporate law and governance, capital markets, corporate finance, international finance and international labor rights. This year I am teaching Business Organizations, Corporate Finance, Securities Regulation and a seminar on Globalization and the Rule of Law which will examine Business and Human Rights. I also guest lecture at Santa Clara’s Leavey School of Business on international business transactions. I have been a visiting professor at Cornell Law School, and a fellow or visiting scholar at Harvard, Stanford, and the University of California.