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Since its founding by Coglianese in 2006, the Penn Program on Regulation has promoted regulatory excellence by shedding light on how regulation and  regulatory institutions work in practice and whether they can be managed better to achieve their intended goals. It draws together more than 60 affiliated faculty and researchers from across the University of Pennsylvania and promotes teaching, research, and policy outreach on a broad range of regulatory issues. Coglianese serves as the Program’s Director.

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Originally known as RegBlog, The Regulatory Review was founded by Coglianese in 2009 and, thanks to the initiative of law students from the University of Pennsylvania, has become the leading daily online publication devoted to all things regulatory. It seeks to provide accessible coverage of regulatory  policymaking and enforcement issues, across a full range of regulatory topics and from a variety of perspectives. Attracting readers from over 185 countries, The Regulatory Review delivers incisive and timely analysis by leading academics and regulatory practitioners, as well as by members of its student editorial team. Coglianese serves as the faculty advisor to this student-edited publication.

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Coglianese spearheaded the creation of the Leo Model Foundation Government Service & Public Affairs Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. This program prepares students and alumni to be leaders in the government and policymaking arenas. Through the initiative, which launched thanks to the generous gift of the Leo Model Foundation, students and faculty engage with some of the most pressing government and public policies issues of the day.

As described in the University of Pennsylvania Law Journal, the program brings visiting fellows to campus, supports trips to Washington, D.C., and sponsors classroom and experiential opportunities, summer fellowships, postgraduate fellowships, and externships. In these ways, the program helps ensure that Penn Carey Law’s graduates are positioned well for government service and prepared to succeed when confronted with the most pressing policy issues facing society.

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Founded by Coglianese in 2005 with David Levi-Faur and John Braithwaite, Regulation & Governance has since its first issue in 2007 become the leading journal dedicated to the study of regulatory governance for academics across political science, law, psychology, criminology, sociology, organization and public management, economics and the social sciences, as well as regulators and legal experts in business and civil society. Coglianese remains a member of the journal’s Executive Board.

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During and after his service as Deputy Dean of the law school at the University of Pennsylvania, Coglianese served as a key founding member of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice. The Center is a nonpartisan, national research and policy hub producing and disseminating research designed to prevent errors in the criminal justice system.

The Center takes an interdisciplinary, data-driven, systems approach to identifying and analyzing the most crucial problems in the justice system, and proposing solutions that improve its fairness for the benefit of society. He is an affiliated faculty member of the Center.

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Under the aegis of the Toll Public Interest Center at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, students perform pro bono legal services to fulfill their graduation requirements. For many years, Coglianese served as the supervisor of the Environmental Law Project and in that capacity launched the “Notice and Comment Project” in 2008 which involves students in performing pro bono service by crafting public interest comments on proposed environmental regulations.


Coglianese led the effort to create one of the first Collaborative Research Networks (CRN) of the Law and Society Association: the CRN on Regulatory Governance. This CRN focuses on the study of regulatory instruments, institutions, and actors. The network is concerned with how law interacts with economic activity and with the challenges that emerging social trends, such as privatization and globalization, pose for regulatory and administrative  institutions.  It examines how traditional as well as emerging regulatory instruments operate in theory and in practice, including approaches such as self-regulation, covenants, management systems, and market-based regulation.  It also explores the behavior, culture, and design of regulatory  institutions and actors, with particular attention to the varied demands of accountability, rationality, and legitimacy.  The network connects researchers focusing on regulation in domestic and international settings and across a variety of regulatory domains.


Founded by Coglianese in 2000, the Regulatory Policy Program at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School aims to improve global society and the economy by understanding the impacts of regulation and improving the design and implementation of regulatory

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From 1995 to 2006, Coglianese served as the founding director of the Politics
Research Group (PRG) at the Harvard Kennedy School. PRG linked together
political scientists and other politics-oriented faculty at the Kennedy School,
providing workshops and other fora for faculty dialogue and research
development related to political analysis.

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