- Mercatus Center Distinguished Affiliated Scholar
Paul Edwards is a distinguished affiliated scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Dr. Edwards' research focuses on the social and institutional bases for the rule of law, the protection of private property, the sanctity of contract, and the governance of private institutions. Dr. Edwards previously served as president of the Mercatus Center and was responsible for attracting top new talent to the center. He also was vice president of academic affairs at the Institute for Humane Studies--the Mercatus Center's sister organization--where he created programs for graduate students and young faculty.
Prior to coming to George Mason University, Dr. Edwards was a member of the political science department at Brigham Young University where he taught courses on constitutional law, comparative law, public ethics, and American government. Dr. Edwards has also been a visiting professor of law at the American University of Armenia.
Dr. Edwards previously clerked for Judge Cecil Poole on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. His work on the legal, political, and constitutional issues surrounding campaign finance has been published in Yale Law & Policy Review, Catholic University Law Review, BYU Journal of Public Law and USA Today. Dr. Edwards also has an expertise in corporate reorganization issues for high-technology companies (the topic of his dissertation). Paul's long-term research interest, however, is in better understanding of the dynamics of social change.
Paul earned his PhD in jurisprudence and social policy at the University of California, Berkeley. His law degree is also from Berkeley, where he was an articles editor for the California Law Review, a Regents Fellow, and an Olin Fellow in Law & Economics. Paul's BA is in History (with honors) from Brigham Young University, and he also earned a certificate in French language from the Sorbonne.