Rebecca Haw Allensworth studies antitrust and the regulatory infrastructure of professional licensing. Her research on professional licensing explores how lawmakers should balance the need for expertise in regulating the professions with the problems that can arise from self-regulation. Her article about unethical prescribers, “Licensed to Pill,” appeared in The New York Review of Books in July 2020, and she is currently writing Board to Death, a book about professional licensing and self-regulation. Her work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and has received the 13th annual Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Fund Writing Award for groundbreaking antitrust scholarship. Professor Allensworth earned her undergraduate degree from Yale and an M.Phil. from Cambridge University before earning her J.D. at Harvard Law School, where she served as articles editor of the Harvard Law Review. Professor Allensworth served as law clerk to Judge Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and then as a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School before coming to Vanderbilt. Professor Allensworth teaches Contracts, Antitrust Law and an advanced antitrust course focused on Big Tech. She is a four-time winner of the Hall Hartman Outstanding Professor Award for excellence in teaching and was also selected by the class of 2019 to be their Commencement speaker.
"Licensed to Pill," The New York Review of Books (July 21, 2020)