Richard R. W. Brooks is the Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. He joined the faculty in July 2013. His scholarship focuses on contracts and agency, among other forms of business and social organization. Professor Brooks has published numerous books and articles that analyze behavior through the lens of economics, custom, and law.
His most recent book, Saving the Neighborhood: Racially Restrictive Covenants, Law, and Social Norms, (coauthored with Carol Rose) examines the history and enduring legacy of racially restrictive property agreements (or racial covenants), which the Supreme Court ruled unenforceable in 1948. Professor Brooks’ work also includes articles about contract law and theory, experimental economics, the economics of environmental law, fairness, and perceptions of the legal system.
Professor Brooks holds a B.A. from Cornell University, an M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He was a visiting professor at the Law School in 2006 and was most recently the Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He also taught previously at Northwestern University School of Law and at Cornell University in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management. He has served as a visiting researcher at the Center in Law, Economics and Organization at the University of Southern California Law School; on an advisory committee to the Social, Behavioral and Economics Sciences Division of the National Science Foundation; and as a research specialist in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice.
He currently serves as an Adviser on the Restatement of the Law Fourth, Property project.