Jacob Hale Russell's research interests include consumer protection law and policy, corporate governance, and financial regulation. Recent scholarship includes work on the application of behavioral law and economics to consumer and investor protection. Jacob's work frequently evaluates approaches drawn from political science and economics and their applicability to legal design. Topics of recent interest have included the use of the regulation of payday loans, stock market day-trading, and retirement savings. His current research focuses on the evolution of the American corporation in the 20th century, and understanding how shifting ideas about capitalism and markets in the last half of the century changed American business.
Jacob's courses include Business Organizations, Securities Regulation, Advanced Business Organizations: Alternative Entities (co-taught with Vice Chancellor Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery), and the Modern Corporation and Capitalism (a seminar on the history and political economy of the American corporation). He is a faculty affiliate of the Rutgers Center for Corporate Law and Governance. He co-organizes the Center's annual Institute on Corporate Compliance. He is co-editor of Fiduciary Obligations in Business, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.
Jacob received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, a master’s degree in political science from M.I.T., and an undergraduate degree from Harvard. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, Jacob was teaching fellow and lecturer in law at Stanford Law School, where he oversaw all aspects of advising, teaching, and admissions for the school's LL.M. Program in Corporate Governance and Practice. At Stanford, he taught the Corporate Governance Colloquium, a seminar on the economic analysis of corporate law, and Contracts for advanced degree students. He was also an academic fellow at Stanford’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance.
Before law school, Jacob was a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal in New York, covering arts, culture, and philanthropy. He has subsequently worked as editor at large and a freelance reporter for several publications. Jacob also served as communications director during the successful reelection campaign of New Hampshire Governor John Lynch. Following law school, Jacob was an attorney in the financial services group at Goodwin Procter in Boston.
Jacob is the vice-president of the board of Project H.O.P.E., a nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center that provides medical and social care to the homeless and others in need in Camden, N.J. Jacob regularly consults on legal and business issues to start-ups, particularly in the media and technology industries. He is admitted to practice in New Hampshire (inactive) and Massachusetts.