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Knowledge@Wharton: January 14, 2019

Host Dan Loney is joined by Joe Outlaw (Regents Fellow, Co-Director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center, Texas A&M University), Matthew Festa (Professor, South Texas College of Law Houston), Ilya Somin (Professor of Law, George Mason University), Benjamin Gedan (Senior Adviser, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Latin American Program), Steffen Schmidt (Lucken Professor of Political Science, Iowa State University), Daniel Hemel (Assistant Professor of Law, University of Chicago School of Law), Michael Knoll (Theodore K. Warner Professor of Law & Professor of Real Estate; Co-Director, Deputy Dean of Center for Tax Law and Policy, University Of Pennsylvania, Penn Law), and William Burke-White (Deputy Dean and Professor of Law; Inaugural Director, World Perry House, University of Pennsylvania Law School) on the Monday, January 14, 2019 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

Air Date: Monday, January 14, 2019 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

Michael Knoll and Daniel Hemel

Air Time: 11:00 am
Featuring: Daniel Hemel, Michael Knoll

Joe Outlaw and Steffen Schmidt

Air Time: 11:30 am
Featuring: Joe Outlaw, Steffen Schmidt

Benjamin Gedan and William Burke-White

Air Time: 10:30 am
Featuring: Benjamin Gedan, William Burke-White

Ilya Somin and Matthew Festa

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: Matthew Festa, Ilya Somin

Featured Guests

Joe Outlaw

Regents Fellow, Co-Director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center, Texas A&M University


Dr. Joe Outlaw is a Regents Fellow, Professor and Extension Economist in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University.  He also serves as the Co-Director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center (AFPC) at Texas A&M University.  In this role, Dr. Outlaw frequently interacts with members of Congress and key agricultural committee staff to provide feedback on the likely consequences of agricultural policy changes.  His extension education and applied research activities are focused on assessing the impacts of farm programs, risk management tools, renewable energy, and climate change legislation on U.S. agricultural operations.

Dr. Outlaw has received numerous awards in excellence for his policy education.  In 2015 he received the National Excellence in Extension award from the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA for excellence in leadership, scholarship and innovative programming.Dr. Outlaw is originally from Devine, Texas.  He received his B.S (1987), M.S. (1988), and Ph.D. (1992) degrees from Texas A&M University, all in agricultural economics.
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Matthew Festa

Professor, South Texas College of Law Houston


Matt Festa teaches and researches in the areas of property law and land use, state & local government, energy & environmental law, trusts & estates, legal history, and national security law. His scholarship focuses on the relation between property rights and public control in land use planning and government regulation; on the role of property rights in constitutional law and history; and on property and the rule of law in contemporary international affairs.

Professor Festa joined the South Texas College of Law Houston faculty in 2007, after serving as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Georgia School of Law. Prior to teaching, he practiced in litigation, land use, environmental, and energy law at Locke Lord LLP. He served as a law clerk to federal judges on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Prof. Festa attended Vanderbilt University, where he was the Executive Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and earned a masters’ degree in history. Prior to law school he served in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, and earned a masters’ degree in public administration. He earned his undergraduate degree in history and English at the University of Notre Dame.

Professor Festa currently serves as a judge advocate in the U.S. Army Reserve, where he is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of International & Operational Law at the ABA-accredited Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, and is also an Instructor with the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies. He is the editor of the Land Use Prof Blog, and lives in the “Unzoned City” of Houston with his spouse, who teaches at Rice University, and their two children.
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Ilya Somin

Professor of Law, George Mason University


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.


Twitter- @ilyasomin
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Benjamin Gedan

Senior Adviser, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Latin American Program


Benjamin N. Gedan is a senior adviser to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’s Latin American Program, and the director of its Argentina Project. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins. He is a former South America director on the National Security Council at the White House. Previously, Benjamin was responsible for Honduras and Argentina at the U.S. Department of State, and covered Central America and the Caribbean as an international economist at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

As a journalist, Benjamin reported for The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald and other publications. He is a former Fulbright scholar in Uruguay, and earned a Ph.D. in foreign affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor’s in international relations, and received a Master’s in international economics and Latin American studies from SAIS. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. As a Latin America scholar, he has published opinion pieces in The Wall Street Journal, The Miami Herald, The Hill and Foreign Policy, and has been quoted by The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN Money and Bloomberg.


Twitter- @Benjamingedan
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Steffen Schmidt

Lucken Professor of Political Science, Iowa State University


Dr. Steffen Schmidt is a professor of political science at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He is the author of 11 books including the best-selling college textbook “American Government and Politics Today” (19th Edition) which has been read by more than 3 million college students.

He grew up in Colombia, South America. His parents were German immigrants and his father founded Optica Alemana, the largest optical company in Colombia. He has studied in Switzerland, France, and graduated from military academy in Jacksonville, Florida and Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida.

Steffen obtained his Ph.D. from Columbia University in public law and government. He is the receipt of numerous teaching awards, including the Amoco Award for Lifetime Career Achievement in Teaching and the Teacher of the Year Award.

Schmidt is known as “Dr. Politics” to his many readers, followers, friends and fans worldwide. He is a frequent commentator on national and international news media including Spain’s largest news service EFE, Agence France Presse, Venezuelan independent newspapers, German News, and Canada’s largest cable network CTV. He analyzes politics for CNN en Espanol, Telemundo, and Univision. He is the guest every week on two radio shows on Clear Channel and on WNHN Concord, New Hampshire.

Dr. Schmidt is a founding member of Iowa State University’s US Strategic Command Academic Alliance. he is the author of two books on identity theft and a frequent speaker on cyber threats to business, critical infrastructure, and the US government.

Twitter – @Drpolitics
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Daniel Hemel

Assistant Professor of Law, University of Chicago School of Law


Daniel Hemel’s research focuses on taxation, nonprofit organizations, administrative law, and federal courts. His academic work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Cornell Law Review, NYU Law Review, Tax Law Review, Texas Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, and Yale Law Journal, as well as other publications. His op-eds and other writing have appeared in the New York Times, Politico, Slate, Vox, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. He has also provided on-air legal analysis for CNN, MSNBC, and NPR.

Daniel graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and received an MPhil with distinction from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He then earned his JD from Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. Prior to his appointment, he was a law clerk to Associate Justice Elena Kagan on the US Supreme Court. He also clerked for Judge Michael Boudin on the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Judge Sri Srinivasan on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and served as visiting counsel at the Joint Committee on Taxation.

Twitter – @DanielJHemel | @UChicagoLaw
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Michael Knoll

Theodore K. Warner Professor of Law & Professor of Real Estate; Co-Director, Deputy Dean of Center for Tax Law and Policy, University Of Pennsylvania, Penn Law


Michael Knoll is an insightful commentator on how income tax laws affect business and investment decisions and a creative proponent of how those laws could be redesigned. Much of his recent research involves the application of finance principles to questions of international tax policy, especially the connection between taxation and competitiveness. Professor Knoll’s recent research includes writings on sovereign wealth funds, private equity, international tax arbitrage, and the impact of the corporate income tax on the competitiveness of the U.S. auto industry.

Twitter – @PennLaw
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William Burke-White

Deputy Dean and Professor of Law; Inaugural Director, World Perry House, University of Pennsylvania Law School


William Burke-White, an expert on international law and global governance, served in the Obama Administration from 2009-2011 on Secretary Clinton’s Policy Planning Staff, providing the Secretary direct policy advice on multilateral diplomacy and international institutions. He was principal drafter of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), Secretary Clinton’s hallmark foreign policy and institutional reform effort. Burke-White has written extensively in the fields of international law and institutions, with focus on international criminal and international economic law. His work has addressed issues of post-conflict justice; the International Criminal Court; international human rights, and international arbitration. His current research explores gaps in the global governance system and the challenges of international legal regulation in a world of rising powers and divergent interests. In 2008 he received the A. Leo Levin Award and in 2007 the Robert A. Gorman award for Excellence in Teaching.


Ph.D. – Cambridge (int’l relations) – ’06

J.D. – Harvard – ’02

M.Phil. – Cambridge (int’l relations) – ’99

A.B. – Harvard – ’98

Twitter – @wburkewh | @PennLaw | @perryworldhouse
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