Robert Jackson

Robert J. Jackson Jr. is a Professor of Law and director of the Program on Corporate Law and Policy at Columbia Law School. His research emphasizes empirical study of executive compensation and corporate governance matters. Known for its dynamic lectures and active engagement with students outside the classroom, in 2012 he was honored with the Columbia Law School Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Jackson also created CROWN, a Columbia Law School initiative to introduce data science techniques to extract data from legal filings for empirical research.
Prior to joining the Columbia Law faculty in 2009, he served as deputy director to Kenneth Feinberg at the Department of Treasury and in the Office of the Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation. Before that, he worked in investment banking at Bear Stearns and practiced in the executive compensation department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz.
He also developed Obama administration proposals on executive compensation and corporate governance that became part of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. Jackson has testified about his work before the U.S. Senate, and his research has been the subject of rulemaking commentary before several federal agencies, including the Federal Reserve and the Securities and Exchange Commission.