Jamelle Sharpe

Professor of Law


Professor Sharpe’s research focuses on political oversight of federal and state administrative agencies, and on federal preemption of state law. His work has been published in the Administrative Law Review, the William and Mary Law Review, the George Mason Law Review, the Cardozo Law Review. Professor Sharpe has also served as a commentator for both local and national media outlets on issues ranging from judicial politics to separation of powers.

Prior to joining the College of Law faculty in 2008, Dean Sharpe served as a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School. He was also a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York, and clerked for the Honorable Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Professor Sharpe received his JD from Yale Law School, where he was managing editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from New York University, where he earned a BA in English and American Literature. During the three years prior to attending Yale Law School, Professor Sharpe was an analyst in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley in New York.


JD Yale Law School
BA New York University

Areas of Expertise

Administrative Law
Civil Procedure
Federal Courts


Administrative Law
Federal Courts

Selected Publications

Judging Congressional Oversight, 65 ADMIN. L. REV. 183 (2013).

Legislating Preemption, 53 WM. & MARY L. REV. 163 (2011).

Toward (A) Faithful Agency in the Supreme Court’s Preemption Jurisprudence, 18 GEO. MASON L. REV. 367 (2011).

Beyond Borders: Disassembling the State-Based Model of Federal Forum Fairness, 30 CARDOZO L. REV. 2897 (2009).

The Contracts Clause, in THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES (David S. Tanenhaus ed., 2008).


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