||ILYA SOMIN is Professor of Law at George Mason University
School of Law. His research focuses on constitutional law, property law, and the
study of popular political participation and its implications for constitutional
democracy. Somin currently serves as Co-Editor of the
Supreme Court Economic Review,
one of the country's top-rated law and economics journals. He is the author of
Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter (Stanford University Press, forthcoming,
fall 2013). His work has appeared in numerous scholarly
journals, including the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review,
Northwestern University Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal,
Critical Review, and others. Somin has also published articles in a
variety of popular press outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street
Journal OpinionJournal.com, Newark Star Ledger, Orlando Sentinel, South China
Morning Post, Legal Times, National Law Journal and Reason.
He has been quoted or interviewed by the New York Times, Washington
Post, BBC, and the Voice of America, among other media. He recently
testified on the use of drones for targeted killing in the War on Terror before
the US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and
Human Rights. In July 2009, he
testified on property rights issues at the United States Senate Judiciary
Committee confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Somin
writes regularly for the popular Volokh
Conspiracy law and politics blog.
During the Fall 2008 semester, he served as visiting professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Somin has also been a visiting professor at the University of Hamburg, Germany, and the University of Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Before joining the faculty at George Mason, he was the John M. Olin Fellow in Law at Northwestern University Law School in 2002-2003. In 2001-2002, he clerked for the Hon. Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Professor Somin earned his B.A., Summa Cum Laude, at Amherst College, M.A. in Political Science from Harvard University, and J.D. from Yale Law School.