About

My name is Nathan B. Oman.  I am the Rita Ann Rollins Professor at William & Mary Law School, where I am also co-director of the law school’s Center for the Study of Law & Markets.  My scholarship focuses on two areas.  First, I write on the philosophy of private law, particularly contract law.  In addition to many law review articles on the subject, I have published The Dignity of Commerce: Markets and the Moral Foundations of Contract Law (Chicago UP, 2016).  Second, I work in the area of law and religion, where I have published articles looking at the intersection of law, commerce, and faith, such as the conflicts between religious business owners and anti-discrimination laws or the free-exercise rights of for-profit corporations.  I have also published articles on Mormon legal history and Mormon studies.  In addition to teaching at William & Mary, I have been a visiting professor at the University of Richmond, Cornell Law School, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  I have taught courses on contracts, commercial law, business associations, bankruptcy, contemporary private law theory, political economy, and the financial crisis of 2008.  I received my J.D. from Harvard Law School and my B.A. from Brigham Young University.  Prior to becoming a professor, I worked as a staffer in the U.S. Senate, a law clerk for the Honorable Morris Sheppard Arnold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and a litigation attorney in Washington, D.C.

When not geeking out about contracts or law and religion, I enjoy spending time with my family, running, fishing, playing the banjo, and sketching.  I live in James City County, Virginia.