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Matthew Bodie, J.D.

Callis Family Professor of Law; Co-Director, William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law
William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law

Courses Taught

Contracts, Employment Relations, Information Privacy Law, Labor Law


Bodie graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1991. After working for non-profits in the fields of community investment and land reform, he attended Harvard Law School, where he was an editor and social chair of the Harvard Law Review and earned best team and best brief awards in the Ames Moot Court competition. Bodie graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1996, 

Practice Areas

  • Corporate Law
  • Contracts
  • Employment Law
  • Labor Law

Research Interests

Bodie’s research focuses on the role of information, control, and ownership within the corporation and the workplace.  He is particularly interested in the role of the employee within the firm. 

Publications and Media Placements

Bodie has published over 40 journal articles, essays, and book chapters.  His papers have been selected for presentation by the American Law & Economics Association, the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum, the Labour Law Research Network, and the Association of American Law Schools.  He has coauthored a series of articles on corporate governance and voting rights with Professor Grant Hayden of SMU Dedman School of Law, and they are at work on a related book to be published by Cambridge University Press.

Bodie served as Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Employment Law and was the primary author for the chapter on employee privacy and autonomy. He is a Research Fellow at New York University’s Center for Labor and Employment Law and contributes to the Conglomerate blog.  He is a contributor and section editor to the Worklaw section for Jotwell.  He has written opinion pieces for the New York Times, the St. Louis Post-DispatchU.S. News & World Report, and Quartz, and has been quoted in such publications as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the New Republic.

Publication List

Community Work and Service

Bodie served as a law clerk to Judge M. Blane Michael of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. From 1997 to 2000, he served as a field attorney in the New York office of the National Labor Relations Board, investigating and litigating unfair labor practice charges and conducting representation hearings and elections. He then taught at New York University School of Law as an Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering and earned an LL.M. in Labor and Employment Law. Bodie served as an associate professor at Hofstra University School of Law from 2002 to 2006 before joining the faculty of Saint Louis University School of Law.  In Fall 2012, he was a visiting professor at Notre Dame Law School, and in Fall 2016 he will be a visiting professor at Harvard Law School.