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Felipe Ford Cole

Assistant Professor


Felipe Ford Cole joined Boston College Law School in 2022 as an assistant professor. He studies how the law shapes the balance between sovereign power and the power conferred to private capital in local, national, and international contexts. A comparative legal historian, Cole’s research focuses on the historical evolution of public debt markets and the theory of sovereignty in the U.S. and Latin America. It reexamines of the origins of the core doctrines of international investment law.

Cole’s work has been published or is forthcoming in the University of Chicago Law ReviewUniversity of Chicago Law Review Online, and in edited volumes published by Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press.

Prior to joining BC Law, Cole was a Sharswood Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. Cole earned his J.D. at Northwestern University and is completing a Ph.D. in history there. He earned an MPhil in Latin American studies from the University of Cambridge and a B.A. in history from New York University.