Peter H. Huang

Professor and DeMuth Chair

Office: 451
Phone: (303) 492-4536

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Peter H. Huang joined the University of Colorado Law School faculty in 2011. He specializes in business law; law and emotions; law, happiness, and subjective well-being; law and mindfulness; law and neuroscience; law and psychology; law and real options; derivative securities; and securities enforcement, litigation, and regulation. Courses he teaches includes economic analysis of law; financial decision-making; legal ethics and professionalism: business law issues; media, popular culture, and law; and torts. 

He received his A.B. from Princeton University, where he was a University Scholar in mathematics and economics, and member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his S.M. and Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Harvard University, where his thesis advisor was economist Kenneth J. Arrow. He attended his first year of law school at the University of Chicago. He received his J.D., with distinction, from Stanford University School of Law, where he was a student fellow of the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation and of the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics. He was a summer associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in Los Angeles.

After his J.D. degree, he joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study's School of Social Science during its psychology and economics theme year In 2005-06. He also has taught at the University of Minnesota Law School as a tenured faculty member and served as the inaugural Harold E. Kohn Chair Professor of Law at Temple University Law School. He has been a visiting faculty member of the law schools at Yale University, the University of Chicago, the University of Virginia, and the University of Southern California; of economics departments at Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California; and the finance department of the business school at Tulane University.

Before teaching, he was a staff economist in the Division of Consumer Protection of the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the California Bar, served on the Executive Committee for the Association of American Law Schools Section on Securities Regulation, and was a co-Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Socio-Economics. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Derivatives Report. His numerous publications apply research from economics, finance, judgment and decision making, marketing, neuroscience, and cognitive and social psychology to analyze legal rules and institutions.

Published Books

Law & Popular Culture: Text, Notes, & Questions (and Teacher's Manual), with David Ray Papke, Christine Alice Corcos, Lenora P. Ledwon, Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Philip N. Meyer, Binny Miller, & Sean O;Brien (2d ed. 2012).


Huang (with Kelly J. Poore), Can You Hear Me Later and Believe Me Now? Behavioral Law and Economics of Chronic Repeated Ambient Acoustic Pollution Causing Noise-Induced (Hidden) Hearing Loss, (forthcoming, Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice).
Adventures in Higher Education, Happiness, and Mindfulness, 7(2) British Journal of American Legal Studies 425-84 (2018).
Boost: Improving Mindfulness, Thinking, and Diversity, 10(1) William & Mary Business Law Review 139-97 (2018).
Achieving American Retirement Prosperity by Changing Americans? Thinking About Retirement, 22 Stanford Journal of Law, Business & Finance 189-259 (2017).
Can Practicing Mindfulness Improve Lawyer Decision-Making, Ethics, and Leadership?, 55 Houston L. Rev. 63-154 (2017).
Meta-Mindfulness: A New Hope, 19 Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest 303-24 (2016).
How Improving Decision-Making and Mindfulness Can Improve Legal Ethics and Professionalism, 21 Journal of Law, Business and Ethics 35-76 (2015).
Huang (with Corie Rosen Felder), The Zombie Lawyer Apocalypse, 42 Pepperdine Law Review 727-72 (2015).
Torn Between Two Selves: Should Law Care More About Experiencing Selves or Remembering Selves?, 17 Southern Methodist University Science & Technology Law Review 261-323 (2014).
From Tiger Mom to Panda Parent, 17 Asian Pac. Am. L.J. 40 (2012).
Tiger Cub Strikes Back: Memoirs of an Ex-Child Prodigy About Legal Education and Parenting, 1 Brit. J. Am. Legal Stud. 297 (2012).
Huang (with Rick Swedloff), Tort Damages and the New Science of Happiness, 85 Ind. L.J. 553 (2010).
Huang (with Scott A. Moss), How the New Economics Can Improve Discrimination Law, and How Economics Can Survive the Demise of the "Rational Actor", 51 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 183 (2009).
Emotional Adaptation and Lawsuit Settlements, 108 Colum. L. Rev. Sidebar 50 (2008).
Huang (with Joseph A. Grundfest), The Unexpected Value of Litigation: A Real Options Perspective, 58 Stan. L. Rev. 1267 (2006).
Lawsuit Abandonment Options in Possibly Frivolous Litigation Games, 23 Rev. Litig. 47 (2004).
A Normative Analysis of New Financially Engineered Derivatives, 73 S. Cal. L. Rev. 471 (2000), reprinted in 33 Sec. L. Rev. 637 (2001), and excerpted and reprinted in 1(12) Derivatives Fin. Products Rep. 13 (2000).
A New Options Theory for Risk Multipliers of Attorneys' Fees in Federal Civil Rights Litigation, 73 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1943 (1998).
Huang (with Ho-Mou Wu), More Order without More Law: A Theory of Social Norms and Organizational Cultures, 10 J.L. Econ. & Org. 390 (1994).
Huang (with Ho-Mou Wu), Emotional Responses in Litigation, 12 Int'l Rev. L. & Econ. 31 (1992).

Other Publications

Huang (with Jeremy Blumenthal), Positive Parentalism, Nat'l L.J., Jan. 26, 2009.
Emotional Impact Analysis in Financial Regulation: Going Beyond Cost-Benefit Analysis, Economics Working Paper No. 62, IAS School of Social Science (Dec. 2005, updated Sept. 2006).
Huang (with Ho-Mou Wu), Competitive Equilibrium of Incomplete Markets for Securities with Smooth Payoffs, 23 J. Math. Econ. 219 (1994).
Structural Stability of Financial and Accounting Signaling Equilibria, 9 Res. in Fin. 37 (1991).
Huang (with Nick Baigent), Topological Social Choice: A Reply To Uriarte and Le Breton, 7 Soc. Choice & Welfare 141 (1990).
Upper Semi-Continuity of the Separating Equilibrium Correspondence, 47 J. Econ. Theory 406 (1989).
The Robustness of Multidimensional Signalling Equilibria, 25 Econ. Letters 217 (1987).
Asymptotic Stability of Bayesian Updating for Spencian Examples, 17 Econ. Letters 47 (1985).

Book Chapters

Subjective Well-Being and the Law, in Handbook of Well-Being (Ed Diener, Shige Oishi, & Louis Tay eds., 2018).
Happiness 101 for Legal Scholars: Applying Happiness Research to Legal Policy, Ethics, Mindfulness, Negotiations, Legal Education, and Legal Practice, in Handbook on Behavioral Law and Economics (Joshua C. Teitelbaum & Kathryn Zeiler eds., 2018).
Huang (with Anne M. Brafford, Debra S. Austin, & Martha Knudson), Positive Institutions: Organizations, Laws, and Policies, in Handbook of Positive Psychology (C.R. Synder, Shane J. Lopez, Lisa M. Edwards, & Susana C. Marques eds., 3d ed. 2018).
Emotional Reactions to Law and Economics, Market Metaphors, and Rationality Rhetoric, in Theoretical Foundations of Law and Economics 163 (Mark D. White ed., 2009).
Huang (with Jeremy A. Blumenthal), Positive Institutions, Law, and Policy, in Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology 589 (C.R. Snyder & Shane J. Lopez eds., 2d ed. 2009).
Huang (with Jeremy A. Blumenthal), Positive Law and Policy, in Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology 730 (Shane J. Lopez ed., 2009).
Regulating Irrational Exuberance and Anxiety in Securities Markets, in The Law and Economics of Irrational Behavior (Francesco Parisi & Vernon L. Smith eds., 2005).
Huang (with Ho-Mou Wu), Market Equilibrium with Endogenous Price Uncertainty and Options, in Markets, Information, and Uncertainty: Essays in Economic Theory in Honor of Kenneth J. Arrow 97 (Graciela Chichilnisky ed., 1999).

Book Reviews

Leo Katz, Why the Law is So Perverse, 63 J. Legal Educ. 131-60 (2013).
Still Preying on Strategic Reputation Models of Predation, 3 Green Bag 2d. 437 (2000) (reviewing John R. Lott, Jr., Are Predatory Commitments Credible?: Who Should The Courts Believe? (1999)).
Strategic Behavior and the Law: A Guide for Legal Scholars to Game Theory and The Law and Other Game Theory Texts, 36 Jurimetrics J. 99 (1995).

Symposia, Invited Essays, and Short Articles

COVID-19, Anti-Asian Racism, and Anti-Asian American Racism, 28 Asian American Law Journal (forthcoming 2021).
Huang (with Debra Austin), Unsafe at Any Campus: Don't Let Colleges Become the Next Cruise Ships, Nursing Homes, and Food Processing Plants, 96 Ind. L.J. Supplement 25-65 (2020).
Mindfulness in Legal Ethics and Professionalism, 48 Sw. L. Rev. 401-12 (2019).
Happiness in Business or Law, 12 Transactions: Tenn. J. Bus. L. 153 (2011).
Happiness Studies and Legal Policy, 6 Ann. Rev. L. & Soc. Sci. 405 (2010).
Huang (with Rick Swedloff), Authentic Happiness and Meaning at Law Firms, 58 Syracuse L. Rev. 335 (2008).
Diverse Conceptions of Emotions in Risk Regulation, 156 U. Pa. L. Rev. PENNumbra 435 (2008).
How Do Securities Laws Influence Affect, Happiness, and Trust?, 3 J. Bus. & Tech. L. 257 (2008).
Authentic Happiness, Self-Knowledge and Legal Policy, 9 Minn. J. L. Sci. & Tech. 755 (2008).
Huang (with Christopher J. Anderson), A Psychology of Emotional Legal Decision Making: Revulsion and Saving Face in Legal Theory and Practice, 90 Minn. L. Rev. 1045 (2006).
Moody Investing and the Supreme Court: Rethinking Materiality of Information and Reasonableness of Investors, 13 Sup. Ct. Econ. Rev. 99 (2005).
Trust, Guilt and Securities Regulation, 151 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1059 (2003).
Huang (with Matthew D. Adler & Claire Finkelstein), Preferences and Rational Choice: New Perspectives and Legal Implications: Introduction, 151 U. Pa. L. Rev. 707 (2003).
International Environmental Law and Emotional Rational Choice, 31 J. Legal Stud. S237 (Jan. 2002, pt. 2).
Huang (with Kimberly D. Krawiec & Frank Partnoy), Derivatives on TV: A Tale of Two Derivatives Debacles in Prime-Time, 4 Green Bag 2d. 257 (2001), excerpted and reprinted in 2(12) Derivatives Fin. Product Rep. 15 (2001).
Securities Price Risks and Financial Derivative Markets, 21 Nw. J. Int'l. L. & Bus. 589 (2001).
Huang (with Michael S. Knoll), Corporate Finance, Corporate Law and Finance Theory, 74 S. Cal. L. Rev. 175 (2000).
Reasons within Passions: Emotions & Intentions in Property Rights Bargaining, 79 Or. L. Rev. 435 (2000).
Teaching Corporate Law from an Options Perspective, 34 U. Ga. L. Rev. 571 (2000), excerpted and reprinted as Corporate Finance: An Options Perspective, in 2(10) Derivatives Fin. Product Rep. 17 (2001).
Herd Behavior in Designer Genes, 34 Wake Forest L. Rev. 639 (1999).
Dangers of Monetary Commensurability: A Psychological Game Model of Contagion, 146 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1701 (1998).

Selected Press, Media & Publicity

Addressing Emotions from COVID-19, Racial Inequity, and Civil Unrest | ABA Dispute Resolution Section webinar - password: 5D%7g6w? | Thursday, June 18, 2020
Legal Field Could Benefit From Mindfulness Training: Paper | Law360 | Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Investigation on Climate Change Fraud Intensifies, with 15 States Joining Coalition | Houston Chronicle | Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Mindfulness: A Pathway to Success, Happiness, and Conflict Resolution | ABA Section of Science & Technology Law | Thursday, March 24, 2016
Would You Give Up Your 401(k) Information to Score a Free Burrito? | Martha C. White, Money | Wednesday, March 23, 2016
As Reward for Getting Your 401(k) Checked, This Firm Will Give You a Free Chipotle Burrito | MarketWatch | Saturday, March 19, 2016
Behavioral Economist Richard Thaler on the Key to Retirement Savings | Robert Powell, The Wall Street Journal | Sunday, November 29, 2015
It's time to empower investors, not nudge them | MarketWatch | Friday, September 11, 2015
Risk and Reward in the Housing Market: a Conversation With Economist Robert Shiller | WNPR | Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Article of the Month: Peter H. Huang, Tiger Cub Strikes Back: Memoirs of an Ex-Child Prodigy about Legal Education and Parenting | Institute for Law Teaching and Learning | Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Kathleen Haley, Mindset, Happiness and Law School | Syracuse University News | Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Legal red lights flash over Simply Orange | The Times of London | Monday, April 9, 2012
University commemorates Asian Pacific American heritage in April | Syracuse University News | Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Debra Cassens Weiss, 'Tiger Cub' Law Prof Says Parents and Schools Should Teach More About Emotional Intelligence | ABA Journal Law News Now | Monday, November 21, 2011
Staci Zaretsky, Quote of the Day: Paging Amy Chua | Above the Law | Monday, November 21, 2011


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