Teemu Ruskola

Inequality, China, and Corporate Law

  • Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law, Emory University

Teemu Ruskola is the Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law as well as an affiliated faculty member in East Asian Studies, the Department of History, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. He is also affiliated with the University of Helsinki’s Center for Chinese Law and Legal Culture. Ruskola researches and publishes on Chinese law, comparative law, law and sexuality, and international law. He has been a visiting professor at many institutions, most recently Georgetown University Law Center, and has held fellowships including the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton. Ruskola has published numerous articles and book chapters. His monograph,  Legal Orientalism: China, the United States, and Modern Law (2013), was selected by the Association of American Law Schools for its Distinguished Book Award. His new book project is titled, “China, For Example: China and the Making of Modern International Law.” Ruskola holds a JD from Yale Law School and an MA and AB in East Asian Studies from Stanford University.

James Galbraith is Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and Professor of Government at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Galbraith was executive director of the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress in the early 1980s. He chaired the board of Economists for Peace and Security (1996–2016) and directs the University of Texas Inequality Project. He is a managing editor of Structural Change and Economic Dynamics. From 1993 to 1997, he served as chief technical adviser to China’s State Planning Commission for macroeconomic reform, and in 2016 he advised the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders. In 2014, he was co-winner, with Angus Deaton, of the Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economics. He holds honorary degrees from the Université Pierre Mendes-France in Grenoble and from the Plekhanov University of Economics in Moscow. He has authored or co-edited six books and two textbooks, most recently Welcome to the Poisoned Chalice: The Destruction of Greece and the Future of Europe (2016); Inequality: What Everyone Needs to Know (2016); and The End of Normal: The Great Crisis and the Future of Growth (2014). Galbraith writes frequently for policy magazines and the general press, and is a senior scholar of the Levy Economics Institute. He received an AB from Harvard University, an MA and MPhil from Yale University, and a PhD in economics from Yale University.

Political leaders across the spectrum have called economic inequality a defining challenge of our time. Our Fall 2019 Colloquium will explore the legal, historical, and political drivers and dynamics of deeply entrenched inequality, within as well as across countries. The Colloquium presents an interdisciplinary group of scholars who will consider how law allocates resources in ways that maintain and reproduce historical patterns of domination, subordination, and accumulation. Speakers will apply these questions to a range of geographical locations as well as to a variety of issues at the intersection of inequality and human rights, including incarceration, land distribution, social welfare, and debt.


  • James K. Galbraith Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations & Professor of Government
Event series: Colloquia, Human Rights and Global Inequality: Law, History, Politics