Taisu Zhang

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law


Taisu Zhang focuses his research and scholarship on comparative legal history, specifically property rights in modern China and early modern Western Europe, comparative law, property law, and contemporary Chinese law. 

Zhang received both his B.A. (History and Mathematics, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and J.D. from Yale University, where he served as articles editor of the Yale Law Journal.  He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Yale History Department.  His dissertation, “Kinship Networks, Social Status and the Creation of Property Rights in Pre-Industrial China and England,” has been recognized with a Kathryn T. Preyer Award by the American Society for Legal History, and with a Yale East Asia Prize Fellowship.

Zhang has recently published in the Columbia Journal of Asian Law, the San Diego International Law Journal, and Sociological Studies.  He has taught at Brown University, Yale, and the Peking University Law School.  He has also worked at the Institute of Applied Legal Studies of the Supreme People’s Court of China, Davis Polk & Wardwell, and the Federal Defenders of New York.