Nicholas Parrillo

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Professor of Law


Nicholas R. Parrillo is Professor of Law at Yale. He writes and teaches at the intersection of law, history, and public administration. He is the author of Against the Profit Motive: The Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780-1940 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013), which shows how American lawmakers remade governance by shifting public officers’ monetary compensation away from profit-seeking arrangements—such as fees-for-service and bounties—and toward fixed salaries. In addition, he has published articles on the U.S. government’s regulation of privateering during the 19th century, the law of U.S. defense contracting during the First and Second World Wars, and the role of the administrative state in shaping American methods of interpreting legislation. Parrillo is a co-author of the forthcoming seventh edition of the casebook Administrative Law: The American Public Law System: Cases and Materials (West, forthcoming 2014). He holds a J.D. and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale.