David Engstrom

Prof. David Engstrom

Assistant Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

David Freeman Engstrom’s scholarship focuses on the design of public institutions, particularly regarding civil rights, as well as topics in administrative law, employment law, complex litigation, constitutional federalism, and law and education. Current work includes a book exploring the pre-Title VII, state-level origins of American employment discrimination law; a quantitative analysis of disability discrimination laws; and a project examining the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.

Previously, Professor Engstrom ’02 was a law clerk to Judge Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and a John M. Olin Fellow in Law, Economics, and Public Policy at Yale Law School. He also practiced for four years, most of it at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, where he represented clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals, and various trial courts and administrative agencies. Earlier in his career, he worked on education, early childhood, and civil rights issues at the Edward Zigler Center at Yale University and the Hewlett Foundation and taught high school and coached football in the Mississippi Delta.

  • AB, Dartmouth College, 1993
  • MSc (Economic and Social History), Oxford University, 1996
  • JD, Stanford Law School, 2002
  • PhD (Political Science), Yale University, 2005


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