Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Full-Time Faculty

John Bronsteen

Title/s: Georgia Reithal Professor of Law

Office #: Corboy 1413

Phone: 312.654.1511

E-mail: jbronst@luc.edu

CV Link: Bronsteen CV


Professor Bronsteen joined the Loyola faculty in 2005. His research applies the findings of hedonic psychology to civil settlement, criminal punishment, and regulatory decision-making. His articles have been published in the Columbia Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, the California Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, and the Georgetown Law Journal, among many others -- including the philosophy journal Utilitas.

After graduating from law school, Professor Bronsteen clerked for Chief Judge Douglas Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He was then an associate at Goldstein & Howe in Washington, D.C., where he primarily worked on the litigation of U.S. Supreme Court cases. He then spent two years as a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, before coming to Loyola.


A.B., Harvard, 1997
J.D., Yale, 2001

Program Areas

Class Actions Seminar
Criminal Law
Federal Courts
Federal Criminal Law
Happiness Seminar
Law and Psychology

Selected Publications


Professor John Bronsteen's SSRN Webpage 


Happiness and the Law (University of Chicago Press 2014) (with Christopher Buccafusco and Jonathan Masur)

Writing a Legal Memo (Foundation Press 2006)

Journal Publications and Book Chapters

Would Hamsterdam Work? Drug Depenalization in The Wire and in Real Life, 2018 U. Chicago Legal Forum (forthcoming)

Well-Being and Public Policy, in The Oxford Handbook of Law and Economics (2017) (with Christopher Buccafusco and Jonathan Masur)

Preferring to Decrease One’s Own Well-Being, 29 Utilitas 52 (2017)

Measuring and Improving the Effect of Higher Education on Subjective Well-Being, in Well-Being and Higher Education (2016)

The Overlooked Benefits of the Blackstone Principle, 128 Harvard L. Rev. Forum 289 (2015) (with Jonathan Masur)

Well-Being Analysis vs. Cost-Benefit Analysis, 62 Duke L.J. 1603 (2013) (with Christopher Buccafusco and Jonathan Masur)

52 American Journal of Legal History 240 (2012) (solicited review of "Wholesale Justice" by Martin Redish)

Retribution and the Experience of Punishment, 98 California L. Rev. 1463 (2010) (with Christopher Buccafusco and Jonathan Masur)

Welfare as Happiness, 98 Georgetown L.J. 1583 (2010) (with Christopher Buccafusco and Jonathan Masur) 

Happiness and Punishment, 76 U. Chicago L. Rev. 1037 (2009) (with Christopher Buccafusco and Jonathan Masur)

Some Thoughts About the Economics of Settlement, 78 Fordham L. Rev. 1129 (2009) (symposium)

Retribution's Role, 84 Indiana L.J. 1129 (2009)

Describing the Effect of Adaptation on Settlement, 109 Columbia L. Rev. Sidebar 21 (2009) (with Christopher Buccafusco and Jonathan Masur)

Hedonic Adaptation and the Settlement of Civil Lawsuits, 108 Columbia L. Rev. 1516 (2008) (with Christopher Buccafusco and Jonathan Masur)

ERISA, Agency Costs, and the Future of Health Care in the United States, 76 Fordham L. Rev. 2297 (2008) (with Brendan Maher and Peter Stris)

Against Summary Judgment, 75 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 522 (2007)

Class Action Settlements: An Opt-in Proposal, 2005 U. Illinois L. Rev. 903 (2005)

The Class Action Rule, 78 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1419 (2003) (with Owen Fiss)