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John M. de Figueiredo

Russell M. Robinson, II Distinguished Professor of Law
School of Law
Duke Law School Room 4179, Duke Box 90362, Durham, NC 27708-0360
Duke Law School 210 Science Dr, Duke Box 90362, Durham, NC 27708


John M. de Figueiredo is the Russell M. Robinson II Professor of Law, Strategy, and Economics at the Duke Law School and the Fuqua School of Business.  He is also Director of the Duke Center for Institutional and Organizational Performance, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. 

de Figueiredo studies the formulation and execution of competitive strategy, innovation strategy, and political and legal strategy. His quantitative and analytical research focuses on the nexus of firms, technology, and regulatory and political institutions and draws upon economics, law, political science, and management.

Prior to joining Duke University, he was on the faculties of the UCLA and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  He has also held long-term visiting positions at Princeton University, Harvard Law School, INSEAD, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, and, most recently, at Stanford Business School. 

He is on the editorial board of a number of academic journals, has been awarded many research grants, and has won five teaching awards in his career. 

de Figueiredo also serves on the Board of Directors of Employers Insurance Group (NYSE: EIG).

He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley; an M.Sc. in economics from the London School of Economics; and an A.B. in economics from Harvard University.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Russell M. Robinson, II Distinguished Professor of Law · 2017 - Present School of Law
Professor of Law · 2010 - Present School of Law
Core Faculty in Innovation & Entrepreneurship · 2018 - Present Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Initiatives

Education, Training & Certifications

University of California, Berkeley · 1997 Ph.D.