Howard Shelanski earned his B.A. from Haverford College and received his J.D. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. After graduating from law school he clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Judge Louis H. Pollak of the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, and Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court. After practicing law in Washington, D.C., Professor Shelanski joined the Berkeley faculty in 1997, where he remained until coming to Georgetown in 2011.

Professor Shelanski has held several positions in the federal government. From 2013 to 2017, he served as Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). Before President Obama nominated him to OIRA, Professor Shelanski was Director of the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission from 2012 to 2013, where he had previously been Deputy Director from 2009 to 2011. Earlier in his career, he was Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission (1999-2000) and a Senior Economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers at the White House (1998-1999).

In addition to being a member of the Georgetown Law faculty, Professor Shelanski practices antitrust law and is a member of the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

Professor Shelanski’s teaching and research focus on antitrust and regulation. In addition to numerous articles, he has co-authored leading casebooks, treatises and edited volumes in both antitrust and telecommunications law. A selection of Professor Shelanski’s scholarship can be found by clicking the scholarship and publications link on this page.



Howard A. Shelanski & Ioannis Kokkoris, EU Merger Control: A Legal and Economic Analysis (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2014). [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

Howard A. Shelanski, Antitrust and Deregulation, 127 Yale L.J. 1922-1960 (2018).
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Congressional Testimony

Examination of the Effects of Regulatory Policy on the Economy and Business Growth: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Regulatory Aff. & Fed. Mgmt. of the S. Comm. on Homeland Sec. & Governmental Affs., 115th Cong., Sept. 27, 2018 (Statement of Howard A. Shelanski) (CIS-No.: Pending).
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A More Efficient and Effective Government: Improving the Regulatory Framework: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on the Efficiency & Effectiveness of Fed. Programs & the Fed. Workforce of the S. Comm. on Homeland Sec. & Governmental Affairs, 113th Cong., Mar. 11, 2014 (Statement of Howard A. Shelanski) (CIS-No.: 2014-S481-31). [WWW]

Book Chapters & Collected Works

Howard A. Shelanski, Efficiency Claims and Antitrust Enforcement, in The Oxford Handbook of International Antitrust Economics 451-465 (Roger D. Blair & D. Daniel Sokol eds., New York: Oxford University Press 2015). [BOOK]