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Martin W. Sybblis

Associate Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

Commercial Law, Contracts, Law and Development, and Law and Sociology


Martin Sybblis is a legal sociologist whose research seeks to understand how communities approach business law reforms, especially those that promise economic growth. At the core, his research is driven by an interest in the economic sociology of law and development.

Sybblis joined the Emory Law faculty in 2019. Immediately prior to joining Emory, he received a PhD in sociology from Princeton University where he received Princeton University’s Harold W. Dodds Fellowship and the Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship. During his doctoral studies, Sybblis was a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society (CSLS) at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Sybblis earned his JD from the University of Michigan Law School. He also earned master's degrees in sociology and public policy, both from Princeton University. Sybblis received his BA magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut. He is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court and the state bars of Massachusetts, Florida, and the District of Columbia.

Prior to his graduate studies, Sybblis served as: a law clerk to the Honorable Marcia G. Cooke, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida; a corporate associate at Bingham McCutchen (now Morgan Lewis); an assistant county attorney at Miami-Dade County; and a consultant at the World Bank in connection with the Caribbean Growth Forum (CGF), an initiative led by the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

Sybblis' courses include Contracts, Commercial Law, and Law and Economic Development. 

Education: JD, University of Michigan; PhD, MA and MPP, Princeton University; BA, magna cum laude, University of Connecticut