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Monday, May 17, 2010

Most Cited Property Scholars

Brian Leiter has posted the most recent iteration of his scholarly impact study, which includes list of the most cited Property scholars.  Professor Leiter provides a good amount of detail on his methodology, but the most important thing to note is that this is a study of citations within the last five years, not overall citation.

Property


Rank

Name

School

Total Articles Citing Name

Age in 2010

1

Robert Ellickson

Yale University

810

69

2

Carol Rose

University of Arizona

790

70

3

Michael Heller

Columbia University

570

48

4

Joseph William Singer

Harvard University

500

56

5

Henry Smith

Harvard University

370

45


Stewart Sterk

Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University

370

58

7

Vicki Been

New York University

310

54

8

Gregory S. Alexander

Cornell University

290

62


Lee Fennell

University of Chicago

290

44


Lior Strahilevitz

University of Chicago

290

37


Runner-up for the top ten





David Callies

University of Hawaii

260

67


Nicole Stelle Garnett

University of Notre Dame

250

40


Eduardo Penalver

Cornell University

200

37


Michael Schill

University of Chicago

190

52


Steven Eagle

George Mason University

180

65


Highly Cited Scholars Whose Cites Are Not Exclusively in This Area





Thomas Merrill

Columbia University

1400

61


Margaret Jane Radin

University of Michigan

  860

69


Gideon Parchomovsky

University of Pennnsylvania (half-time)

  530

42


James Krier

University of Michigan

  460

71


Abraham Bell

University of San Diego (half-time)

  270

42


Ben Barros

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While such lists are always amusing, I would note that the sample is rather parochial. As far as I can see, only US property scholars in Law Schools are included. What of non-Americans outside Law?

Posted by: Nicholas Blomley | May 18, 2010 7:17:34 AM

Nicholas, the survey is parochial by design - the whole project is a little bit of US law school navel-gazing. Not only does it exclude non-US law professors, but it excludes folks with appointments outside of law who write on legal topics. So, to take two quick examples, Hanoch Dagan and Bill Fischel are both excluded, even though they are major players in US property law discourse. So, take it for whatever it is worth. It might be fun at some point to do a broader survey of property scholars, though it might be hard to settle on cross-border metrics -- the oddities of US legal academic publication might not compare well to publications from other areas.

Posted by: Ben Barros | May 18, 2010 8:46:42 AM

Fair enough, Ben. And, of course, citation counts are a very blunt instrument to begin with. However, it does strike me as rather an exclusive list (as someone outside a law school who does write on property and law, maybe I'm just being over-sensitive, ha ha). It's interesting that there seems to be such a divide between property scholarship inside Law and that going on outside (with a few exceptions) - e.g. the work of anthropologists, socio-legal scholars, geographers, political theorists etc. Or am I mistaken? My sense is that their may be different conceptions of property at work here that may serve to rule some sorts of scholarship out of court. Maybe this is blog-worthy?

Posted by: Nicholas Blomley | May 18, 2010 3:12:50 PM

I agree that there seems to be too big a divide between property scholarship being done inside and outside of law schools. The recently-founded Association for Law, Property, and Society (ALPS) has bridging this gap as one of its goals. The website is here:

http://www.alps.syr.edu/

I'm involved in the organization, and we hope to (among other things) make the anual meeting a gathering of property scholars across disciplines.

Posted by: Ben Barros | May 20, 2010 8:11:48 AM

Thanks, Ben: yes, I was made aware of ALPS recently: it looks like an excellent forum, and I hope to attend the conference next year. NB

Posted by: Nicholas Blomley | May 20, 2010 7:32:39 PM

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