Distinguished Professor of Law and Sidney Reitman Scholar Emeritus
Alan Hyde
Rutgers Law School
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Alan Hyde is an expert in labor, employment, immigration law, global labor rights, and the economics of labor mobility. He has taught at Yale, Columbia, Toronto, NYU, and the University of Michigan. He is the author of Working in Silicon Valley (2003) and Bodies of Law (1997), a member of the American Law Institute, and consultant to their Restatement of Employment Law.

  • Biography
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  • Courses Taught
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Professor Hyde earned his A.B. from Stanford and his J.D. from Yale. Before coming to Rutgers, he was an instructor at New York University School of Law and represented the National Labor Relations Board in federal courts of appeals.  He has been a visiting professor at Yale, Columbia, Cornell, New York University, Cardozo, Fordham, the University of Michigan, and the University of Toronto law schools. He is a member of the American Law Institute and consultant to their current Restatement of Employment Law.

Professor Hyde’s current research interest is the economics of labor mobility. Current projects include the economic analysis of restraints on employee mobility like restrictive covenants and trade secrets, economic analysis of visas for family unification and other visas, game theory analysis of transnational labor standards, and the design of a North American free labor market. He also studies the changing meaning of citizenship and low naturalization rates among immigrants to the U.S. He is a director of the Association for Union Democracy, and writes briefs in labor and employment cases on behalf of the Association and other employee rights organizations. 

Professor Hyde lives in Manhattan. He enjoys reading, swimming, yoga, and attending opera and dance performances, and plays the oboe in a community orchestra and chamber groups.


He is the author of Working in Silicon Valley: Economic and Legal Analysis of a High-Velocity Labor Market (2003), Bodies of Law (1997), and the co-author of Legal Rights and Interests in the Workplace: Cases and Materials on Employment and Labor Law (with C.W. Summers and K.G. Dau-Schmidt, 2007) and Cases and Materials on Labor Law (2nd ed., 1982) (with C.W. Summers and H.H. Wellington).

Courses Taught
  • Employment Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Labor Law