Brian Libgober is a political scientist and legal scholar. His research focuses on the political economy of American institutions, with a special emphasis on the making of regulations by executive agencies. Thematically, he is interested in the relationship between economic inequality, interest group power, and the design of legal institutions. Methodologically, his work combines a variety of approaches, including formal models, quantitative empirics, and case studies.

Since July of 2020, Brian has been an Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Diego in the School of Global Policy and Strategy. He is also an affiliate of the Penn Program on Regulation. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow in Political Science at Yale.

His research has been published in the Journal of Politics, the Quantitative Journal of Political Science, and other peer-reviewed journals. He has also published a number of articles in other journal formats, including a law review article called Getting a Lawyer While Black that uses experimental methods to identify and explain discrimination in the market for legal services.


  • Ph.D. in Political Science, 2018
    Harvard University
  • M.A. in Statistics, 2017
    Harvard University
  • J.D., 2015
    University of Michigan Law School
  • B.A. in Mathematics and Philsophy, 2010
    University of Chicago


Recent Working Papers

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Other Publications


UC San Diego

  • Policy Analysis and Public Welfare: An Introduction to the Policymaking Process. Fall 2021.
  • Law and Adminisistration. Spring 2021. Syllabus.
  • Bureaucratic Politics. Spring 2021. Syllabus
  • Interest Groups and the Policymaking Process. Winter 2021. Syllabus

Yale University

  • American Mass Media: Law, Politics, and Policy. Fall 2019. Syllabus
  • Money in Politics. Spring 2019. Syllabus

Harvard University

  • Formal Models of Domestic Politics. Spring 2017. (Teaching Assistant; Primary Instructor: Horacio Larreguy).
  • Bureaucratic Politics (Teaching Assistant; Primary Instructor: Daniel Carpenter)


  • Constitutional Law & Judicial Politics. Spring 2015. (Course Assistant; Primary Instructor: Christopher Warshaw).

University of Michigan

  • Mass Media and Election Politics. Fall 2013. (Graduate Student Instructor; Primary Instructor: Nicholas Valentino).