Melissa Wasserman

Associate Professor
Richard and Anne Stockton Faculty Scholar
Richard W. and Marie L. Corman Scholar

Professor Wasserman’s research focuses on the institutional design of innovation policy, with a particular emphasis on patent law and administrative law. Her articles have been published or are forthcoming in both student edited law reviews and peer review law journals including Stanford Law ReviewVanderbilt Law Review, Texas Law Review, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and William and Mary Law Review.  In 2012 she was awarded the University of Illinois College of Law’s Carroll P. Hurd Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship, which is given to the most outstanding piece of faculty scholarship published in the previous year. 

Professor Wasserman joined the College of Law in fall 2011 from Harvard Law School, where she was an academic fellow and lecturer at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics. Following law school, Professor Wasserman clerked for Judge Kimberly A. Moore of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Professor Wasserman received her B.S. in chemical engineering with high honors from Pennsylvania State University. She received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Princeton for her work on the thermodynamics of network-forming liquids at low temperatures.  As a graduate student, Professor Wasserman was both a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and American Association of University Women Selected Professions Fellow. She received her J.D. magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, where she served as an articles editor of New York University Law Review