Adam J. White


Adam J. White was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. White is the director of the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School, where he also teaches Administrative Law. He writes widely on the administrative state, the Supreme Court, the Constitution, and regulatory policy, with special focus on energy policy and financial regulation. 

He was appointed to the Administrative Conference of the United States, a federal advisory board focused on improving federal agencies' practices. He also serves on the leadership council of the American Bar Association's Administrative Law Section; on the executive committee of the Federalist Society's Administrative Law Practice Group; and on the board of directors of LandCAN, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting conservation on working lands.

His articles appear in The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, Commentary, and other publications, and he is a contributing editor for National Affairs, City Journal, and The New Atlantis. He previously practiced law at Boyden Gray & Associates PLLC and Baker Botts LLP, litigating regulatory and constitutional issues. After graduating from the University of Iowa and Harvard Law School, he clerked for Judge David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. 

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Judicial Legitimacy And Proposals To Restructure The Supreme Court

interview with Richard A. Epstein, Adam J. Whitevia Reasonable Disagreements
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Nice Court You Have Here, Shame If Something Happened To It.

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Clarence Thomas Holds the Line

by Adam J. Whitevia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

To the chagrin of populists and progressives alike, the Supreme Court justice displays an intelligent and insistent fidelity to the Constitution.

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Reasonable Disagreements: Impeachment, And What Trump Meant

interview with Richard A. Epstein, Adam J. Whitevia Reasonable Disagreements
Thursday, October 3, 2019

President Trump, Ukraine, the Bidens, and impeachment.

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A Few Words Of Gratitude For The Hoover Institution

by Adam J. Whitevia Medium
Sunday, August 4, 2019

This week I’ll leave the Hoover Institution, my professional home for the last few years. And because I am leaving with a heart full of gratitude for the institution and my colleagues, I want to take a moment to say “thanks.” This place, which I’ve admired for so long, changed my life. I will be forever indebted.

Analysis and Commentary

The Flight From Virtue

by Adam J. Whitevia Law and Liberty
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Thirty-seven Americans died on Flight 93. How many of them were Democrats? How many of them would have voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016?


Adam White: Supreme Court Recap | Lee Iacocca Wasn't A "Great Capitalist"

interview with Adam J. Whitevia Brian Gongol Show
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White reviews the Supreme Court's latest decisions as well as whether Lee Iacocca was a capitalist.


SCOTUS Rulings--Why They Made The Right Decisions. Adam White Talks To A&G

interview with Adam J. Whitevia Armstrong and Getty
Friday, June 28, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White discusses the recent Supreme Court decisions concerning gerrymandering and the citizenship question on the 2020 census.


We Are All Administrativists, We Are All Anti-Administrativists

by Adam J. Whitevia Yale Journal on Regulation
Thursday, June 27, 2019

In an era when our politics seems to leave us all deeply divided, the Supreme Court’s end-of-Term flurry of agency-related decisions is a welcome reminder of how much we agree on. The challenge, of course, is that we don’t express our agreements simultaneously. But they’re there.


Adam White On Trump And The Administrative State

interview with Adam J. Whitevia The Bulwark Podcast
Monday, June 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White discusses  the importance of Gundy v. United States, an update on President Trump's administrative state—including his many non-confirmed employees and how this gives him flexibility—as well as the non-Iran strike and the latest on the non-delegation doctrine's future.

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Reasonable Disagreements: In Defense Of Classical Liberalism (Among Other Things)

interview with Richard A. Epstein, Adam J. Whitevia Reasonable Disagreements
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Who are the critics of classical liberalism—namely, modern-day advocates for socialism.