Stephanie M. Stern

Professor Stephanie M. Stern
Professor of Law
565 W. Adams St., Room 707
Chicago, IL 60661


  • J.D., Yale Law School
  • B.A., Brown University


Professor Stern teaches and writes in the areas of property and land use law, housing policy, and behavioral law and economics.  Her research considers, and critiques, the influence of psychology and sociology on property law.  Most recently, Professor Stern has been a visiting professor of law at Yale Law School and Hebrew University.  Her work has been published in the Michigan Law ReviewColumbia Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and other leading law reviews.  Prior to joining the Chicago-Kent faculty, Professor Stern practiced property and environmental litigation at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and was a Bigelow Teaching Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School.  A graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School, she clerked for the Honorable Kermit Lipez on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  

Selected Publications


Outpsyched: The Battle of Expertise in Psychology-Informed Law, 57 Jurimetrics 1 (2016).

The Dark Side of Town: The Social Capital Revolution in Residential Property Law, 99 Virginia Law Review 811 (2013).

Protecting Property Through Politics: State Legislative Checks and Judicial Takings, 97 Minnesota Law Review 2176 (2013).

Reassessing the Citizen Virtues of Homeownership, 111 Columbia Law Review 890 (2011).

The Inviolate Home: Housing Exceptionalism in the Fourth Amendment, 95 Cornell Law Review 905 (2010).

Residential Protectionism and the Legal Mythology of Home, 107 Michigan Law Review 1093 (2009).

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