Ilya Somin is Professor of Law at George Mason University. His research focuses on constitutional law, property law, and the study of popular political participation and its implications for constitutional democracy. He is the author of “Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter” (Stanford University Press, revised and expanded second edition, 2016), and “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain” (University of Chicago Press, 2015, rev. paperback ed., 2016), and co-editor of “Eminent Domain: A Comparative Perspective” (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
Somin’s work has appeared in numerous scholarly journals, including the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, and others. Somin has also published articles in a variety of popular press outlets, including the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times. He has been quoted or interviewed by the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Time, among other media. He writes regularly for the popular Volokh Conspiracy law and politics blog, now affiliated with Reason magazine (previously affiliated with the Washington Post from 2014 to 2017).
Somin has served as a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Hamburg, Germany, the University of Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Zhengzhou University in China. Before joining the faculty at George Mason, Somin 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.