Associate Professor of Law

  • JD, 2010, Yale Law School
  • DPhil, 2007, Oxford University
  • AB, 2004, Harvard College

Areas of Expertise

Professor Fox teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law and procedure, health law and bioethics, and the regulation of technology.

Professional Experience

Fox served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He received an LLM degree as an academic fellow at Georgetown University Law Center. Fox has also worked at the President’s Council on Bioethics; the consulting firm of McKinsey & Company; the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; and the Civil Appellate Staff at the U.S. Department of Justice. He joined the USD School of Law faculty in 2013.

Honors and Affiliations

Fox was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford University, where he earned his doctorate in political theory and served as lecturer in politics and philosophy. He then received a Soros Fellowship for New Americans to attend Yale Law School. All three years at Yale, the faculty awarded him the Gruter Prize for best paper in law and the biosciences. Fox also won the Brody Prize for best paper in constitutional privacy and the Family Court Review National Writing Contest Grand Prize. He was twice recognized for teaching excellence and served as projects editor for the Yale Law Journal. Fox is a reviewer for leading journals of bioethics and law and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.

Key Works

Fox's publications include “Constitutional Retroactivity in Criminal Procedure” in 91 Washington Law Review (with Stein) (forthcoming 2016); “Dualism and Doctrine” in 90 Indiana Law Journal 975 (with Stein) (2015); “The State's Interest in Potential Life” in 43 Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 345 (2015); “Interest Creep” in 82 George Washington Law Review 273 (2014); “Neuro-Voir Dire and the Architecture of Bias” in 65 Hastings Law Journal 999 (2014); “Retracing Liberalism and Remaking Nature” in 24 Bioethics 170 (2010); “The Second Generation of Racial Profiling” in 38 American Journal of Criminal Law 49 (2010); “Disability-Selective Abortion and the Americans with Disabilities Act” in 2009 Utah Law Review 845 (with Griffin) (2009); “Racial Classification in Assisted Reproduction” in 118 Yale Law Journal 1844 (2009); and “The Right to Silence Protects Mental Control” in 42 Akron Law Review 763 (2009).

Fall 2015 Classes

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Contact Information

Guadalupe Hall 114
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(P) (619) 260-2279

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Open Office Hours

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Wed 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Mon 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.