Joanna Shepherd

Professor of Law
Emory University School of Law

Joanna Shepherd teaches Torts, Law and Economics, Analytical Methods for Lawyers and Statistics for Lawyers. Before joining Emory, Professor Shepherd was an assistant professor of economics at Clemson University. Much of Professor Shepherd’s research focuses on topics in law and economics, especially on empirical analyses of legal changes and legal institutions. She has published broadly in law reviews, legal journals and economics journals.

Recent publications include: “Money, Politics, and Impartial Justice,” in the Duke Law Journal; “Tort Reform’s Winners and Losers: The Competing Effects of Care and Activity Levels,” in the UCLA Law Review; “Deterrence versus Brutalization: Capital Punishment’s Differing Impacts Among States,” in the Michigan Law Review; “Do Appointed Judges Vote Strategically,” in the Duke Law Journal; “Blakely’s Silver Lining: Sentencing Guidelines, Judicial Discretion and Crime,” in the Hastings Law Journal; “The Influence of Retention Politics on Judges’ Voting,” in the Journal of Legal Studies and “Tort Reform and Accidental Deaths,” in The Journal of Law and Economics. Professor Shepherd also has published in The American Law and Economics Review, The Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, The Review of Law and Economics, Criminal Law & Economics, Criminology and Public Policy, Economic Inquiry, Foundations and Trends in Microeconomics and The Antitrust Bulletin. She is an author of the textbook, The Economics of Industrial Organization.

Professor Shepherd has been invited to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee and before the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Academy of Sciences on issues relating to criminal deterrence. She also has served as a statistical expert for the American Civil Liberties Union.