Visiting Professor of Law
Sanjukta Paul is visiting from Wayne State Law, where she is an assistant professor, and teaching a short course on the law of the platform economy. Sanjukta earned her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as a Coker Fellow, and subsequently completed a judicial clerkship on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. For several years she was a public interest attorney in Los Angeles focusing on labor and civil rights issues, and then a research and clinical teaching fellow at UCLA School of Law, where she taught the Workers Rights Litigation Clinic.
Paul’s work seeks to illuminate how law organizes economic coordination—focusing on core areas like labor and employment, antitrust, and corporations—and how these legal choices promote or undermine broader social aims. She is currently completing a book, Solidarity in the Shadow of Antitrust: Labor and the Legal Idea of Competition (Cambridge University Press), which reinterprets key aspects of the development of antitrust law in relation to labor and workers. Her scholarship has also appeared or will appear in the Yale Law Journal, the UCLA Law Review, Law & Contemporary Problems, and the Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law, among others. Her paper “The Enduring Ambiguities of Antitrust Liability for Worker Collective Action” was recognized with the Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Fund’s award for the best antitrust scholarship of 2016 (category prize). She also recently co-edited a forthcoming comparative and international law volume entitled Labor in Competition Law (Cambridge University Press).
Paul has written for broader audiences in venues such as The American Prospect, The Nation, Barron’s, ProMarket, Project Syndicate, and Aeon, and also regularly contributes to legal blogs such as the LPE Blog and OnLabor. She has also presented and applied her research in a number of policy settings, including testimony in front of the U.S. House of Representatives (Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law) and in amicus briefs submitted to courts. Paul is the recipient of the 2020 Michael J. Zimmer Memorial Award to a Rising Scholar in work law, and of a research grant from the Institute for New Economic Thinking.