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Alston, Eric Christopher Scholar In Residence


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research overview

  • My research and teaching is centered in the fields of law and economics and institutional and organizational analysis, which I apply to research questions in the development of rights along frontiers, the design and implementation of constitutions, and questions of legal/institutional transitions more generally. My publications include constitutional design studies and archival historical research into development of property rights in the frontier US West. My current work examines the impact of railroad lands grants on irrigation development, the national characteristics that determine constitutional definition of subnational government, and the development of blockchain governance mechanisms in light of their similarities to constitutional amendment processes. My outreach and service activities include educational materials, and comparative expertise to constitutional drafting processes and peace negotiations worldwide, working with organizations like International IDEA and the UNDP.


  • law and economics, property rights, constitutional drafting, constitutional implementation, legal history, economic history, new institutional economics, institutional analysis, institutional design, comparative constitutional law, property law, water law, blockchain, decentralization, human rights, rights of nature, ecuador, comparative international law, political economy, public choice, decentralization, blockchain, cryptocurrencies


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courses taught

  • BCOR 1015 The World of Business (Spring 2019)
  • FNCE 4828 Experimental Seminar: Social Institutions: Theory, History and Methods (Spring 2019)
  • FNCE 4900 Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • MBAX 6962 Ind Study Finance (Spring 2019)
  • BCOR 1015 The World of Business (Fall 2018)
  • FNCE 4900 Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • BCOR 1015 The World of Business (Spring 2018)
  • FNCE 4828 Experimental Seminar: Social Institutions: Theory, History and Methods (Spring 2018)
  • MBAX 6962 Ind Study Finance (Spring 2018)


International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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