Faisal Chaudhry, taken 3/1/23


Faisal Chaudhry he/him

Assistant Professor

Law School / Faculty




UMass School of Law 218


Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and SciencesPhD in History
Harvard Law SchoolJD
Columbia UniversityBA


  • Property
  • Law and Economic Development
  • Environmental Law
  • Legal Regimes in History
  • Histories of the Early Modern and Modern World



This course introduces real and personal property, including the nature of property and the rights and duties of owners and possessors. Topics include present and future interests, landlord-tenant agreements, co-tenancies, easements, covenants and servitudes, title determination and assurance, contracts of sale, deeds, mortgages, and land use regulation.

A survey covering a broad spectrum of environmental issues, major environmental statutes and legal doctrines that apply to environmental controversies. This course will be a case study of the issues, policies, procedures, and resolutions of environmental matters facing society today.


Research activities

  • Member of the Executive Committee, Property Section, American Association of Law Schools
  • Member: American Historical Society; Association of Asian Studies; Law and Society Association; American Society of Legal History
  • Select Past Honors/Support (1): Sustainability Scholar, Hanley Sustainability Institute, University of Dayton; Max Planck Institute for European Legal History
  • Select Past Honors/Support (2): Mellon Foundation Fellow (2014-16); American Council of Learned Societies Fellow (2012-14)
  • Member in Good Standing: New York Bar, Massachusetts Bar, District Columbia Bar


Research interests

  • Law and Political Economy
  • Property Law and Private Law Theory
  • History of Legal and Economic Ideas, History of Capitalism
  • History of Modern South Asia, Empire and Modernity
  • Early Modern Histories of the Islamicate World

Select publications

Professor Faisal Chaudhry joined the University of Massachusetts as an Assistant Professor in the School of Law with a concurrent appointment in the Department of History at UMass Dartmouth in 2022.  Prior to his appointment, he was Assistant Professor of Law & History at the University of Dayton, where he taught courses on contracts, property, environmental law, and the history of capitalism. Previously Professor Chaudhry also has held positions as Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Departments of History and South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania

After completing his JD, Professor Chaudhry earned a PhD in history, with his doctoral work focusing on the relationship between the nineteenth-century ideal of legal science, rule of law discourse, and colonial capitalism under the British Empire in South Asia. As a legal historian, Professor Chaudhry’s research interests continue to focus on our understanding of the role of law and economy in the transition from the ‘early modern’ to the ‘modern’ age (between the 18 and 20th centuries) in the Eastern Islamicate world. In addition to a forthcoming book on British India and the globalization of classical legal thought, Professor Chaudhry is conducting archival research for a second monograph looking at the importance of heterodox legal and economic ideas in forging new understandings of the relationship between society and the market among anti-colonial and nationalist thinkers in colonial and early independence-era South Asia. He is also working on a longer-term project that examines idioms of land control, property, and rights in the early modern legal culture of the Mughal empire.

As a scholar of the contemporary world, Professor Chaudhry is generally interested in the legal-institutional underpinning of the market and the interaction between law, distributional justice, and sustainable economic development. More specifically, his research into present-day topics explore concepts of property rights and economic rent as they apply to land/natural resource use and the innovation system, both inside the United States and beyond its borders. This has led to ongoing writing projects about inequality and affordable housing in the United States and law and economic development in a global perspective. More generally, Professor Chaudhry’s is interested in the cluster of sub-fields of legal study defined around themes of law and political economy, critical approaches to legal reason, and the jurisprudence of distribution.

Additional links