Adam J. White

Research Fellow

Adam J. White is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, and 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 recently 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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Analysis and Commentary

An Appointment With Good Government

by Adam J. Whitevia City Journal
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

President Trump should be more diligent about filling leadership positions at federal agencies.


Regulatory Reforms And Counter-Reformations

by Adam J. Whitevia The Regulatory Review
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Some of President Trump’s deregulatory actions are innovations, others build on his predecessors’ work.

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Area 45: The Roberts Court With Adam White

interview with Adam J. Whitevia Area 45
Monday, March 11, 2019

Is Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts the most influential individual in a divided Washington?

In the News

Who Will Be Trump's Next Regs Czar? Here Are 4 Contenders

quoting Adam J. Whitevia Greenwire
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The agency leading the Trump administration's deregulation agenda could soon be on the search for a new administrator. The current head of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Neomi Rao, may soon be confirmed to replace Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.


Adam White: McCulloch V. Maryland At 200

interview with Adam J. Whitevia American Enterprise Institute
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White examines Chief Justice Marshall’s display of judicial statesmanship in side-stepping the most controversial issues of the McCulloch case and thereby protecting the legitimacy of the courts.


Governing By National Emergency

by Adam J. Whitevia Commentary Magazine
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Even before President Trump declared a national emergency that only a border wall could resolve, voices on both the left and the right warned that future presidents would use Trump’s precedent to justify emergency declarations for progressives’ own favorite policies, such as gun control or climate regulation.


Hoover In D.C. Puts Scholars In Conversation With Policymakers

featuring Hoover Institution, Mike Franc, Amy Zegart, Herbert Lin, Russell Roberts, Adam J. Whitevia Stanford News
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

When policymakers in Washington D.C. want an outsider perspective on a problem, they don’t need to leave the nation’s capital to get a 10,000-foot view.


Adam White: Congress In A Cul-De-Sac

interview with Adam J. Whitevia The Bulwark Podcast
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White discusses President Trump's declared national emergency, congressional gridlock, and how the growth of unilateral regulatory action might cause courts to re-calibrate the non-delegation doctrine.

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Reasonable Disagreements: A Great Attorney General Pick, Barr None

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

President Trump’s nomination of William Barr to be Attorney General.

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Reasonable Disagreements: The Rule Of Law And Other People’s Money

interview with Richard A. Epstein, Adam J. Whitevia Reasonable Disagreements
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

An unconstitutional wealth grab?