Daria Roithmayr teaches and writes about the dynamics of law and social systems, focusing on the way that legal regulation and social behavior evolve in response to each other. Her recent book, Reproducing Racism: How Everyday Choices Lock In White Advantage (NYU 2014), explores the self-reinforcing dynamics of persistent racial inequality. Her work is heavily interdisciplinary, drawing from economics, sociology, political theory, history and complex systems theory. She joined USC Gould in fall 2006.
Before joining USC Gould, Professor Roithmayr taught for nine years at the University of Illinois College of Law. She has been a visiting scholar at Harvard's Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Among her representative publications are the forthcoming "Should Law Keep Pace With Society? An Evolutionary Game Theory Approach" (working paper); "Evolutionary Dynamics and the Economic Analysis of Law" (Elgar Encyclopedia of Law and Economics (T. Ulen ed. 2014); and "Critical Race Theory Meets Social Science" 10 Ann. Rev. Law and Social Science 149 (2014).
Professor Roithmayr received her B.S. from UCLA, and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a member of Order of the Coif and served as senior notes editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. She clerked for The Honorable Marvin J. Garbis, judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.