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Jeff Lingwall, JD, Ph.D.

Jeff Lingwall

Assistant Professor • Mail Stop: 1625

Jeff earned his JD from the Yale Law School and his Ph.D. in Economics and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He also did graduate work in statistics at Brigham Young University. He has published on a wide variety of topics, such as the procedural aspects of mass litigation, consumer financial protection, blockchain-based contracting, education law, and the history of corporate social responsibility. Before joining Boise State, Jeff taught commercial law and data science at Truman State University, practiced class action defense law, and clerked for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. His spare time is usually occupied with his six amazing children.


  • Ph.D., Economics and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, 2014
  • J.D., Yale Law School, 2013

Teaching Areas

  • Legal Studies
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Ethics

Areas of Expertise

  • Law and Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Economic History

Featured Publications

Causal Narratives and Constitutional Scrutiny, 52 MEMPHIS L. REV. __ (forthcoming 2022) (with Michelle Vos)

Teaching Blockchain through Coding: Educating the Future Accounting Professional, 36 ISSUES IN ACCOUNTING ED. 281 (2021) (with Stacey Kaden and Trevor Shonhiwa)

Laws, Educational Outcomes, and Returns to Schooling: Evidence from the First Wave of U.S. State Compulsory Attendance Laws, 68 LABOUR ECON. __ (2021) (with Karen Clay and Melvin Stephens, Jr.)

Should Code Be Law? Smart Contracts, Blockchain, and Boilerplate, 88 U.M.K.C. L. REV. 285 (2020) (with Ramya Mogallapu)

The Imitation Game: Structural Asymmetry in Multidistrict Litigation, 87 Miss. L.J. 131 (2018) (with Isaac Ison and Chris Wray)

Educational Gerrymanders: Creating Unequal School Districts in North Carolina, 40 N.C. Cent. L. Rev. 1 (2017)

Fraudulent Aggregation: The Effect of Daimler and Walden on Mass Litigation, 69 Fla. L. Rev. 599 (2017)

Food Forensics in Class Actions: The Race Between Pleading Standards and Technology, 52 Tulsa L. Rev. 213 (2017)

Skeletons in the Database: An Early Analysis of CFPB Consumer Complaints, 19 Fordham J. Corp. & Fin. L. 343 (2014) (with Ian Ayres and Sonia Steinway)

Education Clauses in Corporate Charters: How Child Welfare Law Confronted the Industrial Revolution, 43 J. L. & Educ. 189 (2014)

Awards and Accomplishments

  • Idaho Business Review Accomplished Under 40 Award 2022
  • Commercial law instruction helped lead TSU students to highest CPA Regulation Exam pass rate in the nation, 2018
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Truman State University School of Business, 2017
  • Rothamsted Research Award (for excellence in graduate work in statistics), 2006