Friday, August 5, 2022

Law professors ranked by h-index (Google Scholar) (CORRECTED)

MOVING TO FRONT FROM AUGUST 1--CORRECTED (just two errors of omission from first version, Bernard Black and Nuno Garoupa)

I recently came across a ranking of 1,000 living chemists (link fixed) based on something like their h-index ("The h-index, or Hirsch index, measures the impact of a particular scientist rather than a journal. 'It is defined as the highest number of publications of a scientist that received h or more citations each while the other publications have not more than h citations each.' For example, a scholar with an h-index of 5 had published 5 papers, each of which has been cited by others at least 5 times" [source, footnote omitted].)  Note that an author can have a lot of citations, but a relatively low h-index, if the author is not very prolific and the other work is not cited much.

Many of the most-cited faculty in the United States do not, alas, have Google Scholar pages (e.g., Erwin Chemerinsky, Richard Epstein, William Eskridge, Thomas Merrill, Catharine MacKinnon, and Martha Nussbaum, among others), and many of them would, I expect, have h-indices that would place them among the top 100 law professors based on the h-index.  As a result, we list below only the "top 75" law professors, among those who who currently have Google Scholar pages, based on their h-index.  (Only law faculty with their primary appointment in the law school were counted.)  Perhaps this little exercise will encourage more law professors to create Google Scholar pages, so in a year or so we'll look at the top 100 (and hopefully most of the 75 below will remain in the top 100.)   The data was collected on July 20, 2022.

Citations practices vary by discipline, and that is reflected in the h-indices of interdisciplinary scholarship in law as well.  Economics, medicine (including medical ethics, or what is usually called "health law" in the legal academy) and psychology are high citation fields, for example, in the sense that every articles cites lots of other literature; history and philosophy are the opposite.

Here are the top 75, below the fold:

Rank

Name

Institution

H-Index

Area(s)

Age in 2022

1

Cass Sunstein

Harvard University

171

Constitutional, Admin, Behavioral Law & Economics

68

2

Tom Tyler

Yale University

138

Law & Psychology

72

3

W. Kip Viscusi

Vanderbilt University

105

Law & Economics, Torts

72

4

Lawrence Gostin

Georgetown University

  97

Health

73

 

Mark Lemley

Stanford University

  97

Intellectual Property

56

6

Lucian Bebchuk

Harvard University

  93

Corporate, Law & Economics

67

 

John  Monahan

University of Virginia

  93

Law & Psychology

76

8

Alan Auerbach

University of California, Berkeley

  90

Tax, Law & Economics

71

9

Eric Posner

University of Chicago

  87

Law & Economics, International, Commercial

57

10

Richard Delgado

Seattle University

  80

Critical Race Theory, Civil Rights

82

11

Charles Sabel

Columbia University

  77

Law & Social Science

75

 

Frederick Schauer

University of Virginia

  77

Constitutional, Law & Philosophy, Evidence

76

13

Jonathan Macey

Yale University

  74

Corporate, Law & Economics, ???

67

14

Bernard Black

Northwestern University

72

Corporate

69

15

Jack M. Balkin

Yale University

  70

Constitutional, Cyberlaw

65

16

Daniel Farber

University of California, Berkeley

  69

Constitutional, Environmental

72

17

Michelle Mello

Stanford University

  68

Health

50

18

Ian Ayres

Yale University

  67

Law & Economics

63

19

Bruce Ackerman

Yale University

  66

Constitutional

79

 

Herbert Hovenkamp

University of Pennsylvania

  66

Antitrust, Legal History

74

21

Robert Cooter

University of California, Berkeley

  65

Law & Economics

77

 

Daniel Rubinfeld

New York University

  65

Law & Economics, Antitrust

77

23

Dan Kahan

Yale University

  64

Law & Psychology, Criminal

59

24

James Hines

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

  63

Tax

64

25

John Ferejohn

New York University

  62

Law & Social Science

78

26

Lee Epstein

University of Southern California

  60

Law & Social Science

64

 

Tom Ginsburg

University of Chicago

  60

Constitutional, International, Law & Social Science

54

28

Philip Alston

New York University

  59

International

72

 

Jonathan Simon

University of California, Berkeley

  59

Law & Social Science, Criminal

63

30

Carrie Menkel-Meadow

University of California, Irvine

  58

ADR, Legal profession, Critical Theories

73

 

Franklin Zimring

University of California, Berkeley

  58

Criminal

80

32

Samuel Issacharoff

New York University

  57

Voting rights/election law, civil procedure, behavioral law & econ

68

33

Lawrence Lessig

Harvard University

  56

Constitutional, Law & Technology

61

 

Robert MacCoun

Stanford University

  56

Law & Psychology

63

35

Dorothy Roberts

University of Pennsylvania

  55

Law & Race, Law & Social Science

66

 

Pamela Samuelson

University of California, Berkeley

  55

Intellectual Property

74

37

Akhil Amar

Yale University

  54

Constitutional

64

 

J.B. Ruhl

Vanderbilt University

  54

Environmental

64

 

Alan Sykes

Stanford University

  54

International

68

40

Stephen Bainbridge

University of California, Los Angeles

  53

Corporate

64

41

Richard Bonnie

University of Virginia

  52

Criminal, Law & Psychiatry, Health

77

 

Donald Langevoort

Georgetown University

  52

Corporate

71

 

Joan Williams

University of California, Hastings

  52

Feminist Legal Theory, …

70

44

Ronald Gilson

Columbia University

  51

Corporate

76

 

Henry Greely

Stanford University

  51

Health

70

 

Beth Simmons

University of Pennsylvania

  51

International, Law & Social Science

64

 

John Yoo

University of California, Berkeley

  51

Constitutional, National Security

55

48

Scott Burris

Temple University

  50

Health

66

 

Steven Shavell

Harvard University

  50

Law & Economics

77

 

Eugene Volokh

University of California, Los Angeles

  50

Constitutional

54

51

Brian Leiter

University of Chicago

  49

Law & Philosophy

59

52

Grainne de Burca

New York University

  48

International

 
 

Steven Schwarcz

Duke University

  48

Commercial                                 

73

 

Randall Thomas

Vanderbilt University

  48

Corporate

67

55

Steve Charnovitz

George Washington University

  47

International

68

 

Symeon Symeonides

Wilamette University

  47

Conflicts, International, Comparative

73

 

Robin West

Georgetown University

  47

Feminist Legal Theory, Constitutional

68

58

Shari Seidman Diamond

Northwestern University

  46

Law & Psychology

75

 

Valerie Hans

Cornell University

  46

Law & Psychology

71

 

Marcel Kahan

New York University

  46

Corporate

60

 

Lawrence Solum

University of Virginia

  46

Constitutional, Civil Procedure, Law & Philosophy

68

 

Peter Yu

Texas A&M University

  46

Intellectual Property

51

63

Curtis Bradley

University of Chicago

  45

International, Foreign Affairs

58

 

John Donohue III

Stanford University

  45

Law & Economics

69

 

Richard Hasen

University of California, Los Angeles

  45

Election law

58

66

Ronald J. Allen

Northwestern University

  44

Evidence

74

 

Naomi Cahn

University of Virginia

  44

Family

64

 

Cary Coglianese

University of Pennsylvania

  44

Administrative

58

 

Daniel Solove

George Washington University

  44

Law & Technology

50

70

Dan Burk

University of California, Irvine

  43

Intellectual Property

60

 

G. Mitu Gulati

University of Virginia

  43

Contracts, Critical Theories, International Trade

54

 

Laurence Helfer

Duke Univiersity

  43

International

57

 

Thomas Lyon

University of Southern California

  43

Law & Psychology

61

74

Jonathan Baker

American University

  42

Antitrust, Law & Economics

67

 

Orin Kerr

University of California, Berkeley

  42

Criminal

51

 

J. Mark Ramseyer

Harvard University

  42

Corporate, Japanese law

68

 

G. Edward White

University of Virginia

  42

Legal History

81

 Just outside the “top 75” were Richard Revesz, James Jacobs, Nuno Garoupa, Ugo Mattei, I. Glenn Cohen, Franceso Parisi, Bruce Green, David Faigman, and Gregory Shaffer.

https://leiterlawschool.typepad.com/leiter/2022/08/law-professors-ranked-by-h-index-google-scholar.html

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