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Matthew Titolo

Matthew Titolo

Professor of Law


  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2005
  • Ph.D., English Literature, University of California, 2001
  • M.A., English Literature, University of Texas, Austin, 1993
  • B.A., English Literature, Baruch College, 1991


Professor Titolo received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Berkeley Business Law Journal and Associate Editor of the California Law Review. He earned a Ph.D. in English literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. Before joining the WVU law faculty, Professor Titolo was an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP, in Silicon Valley, California, where he practiced complex commercial litigation. His current research focuses on the history of American public-private contracts and the outsourcing of core public functions to the private sector. Professor Titolo teaches American Legal History, Contracts, Commercial Law and Remedies.

Publications, Research, and Intellectual Contributions


Privatization and Its Discontents: Infrastructure, Law and American Democracy, Cambridge UP, forthcoming

Book Chapters

The Corporation’s Neoliberal Soul? In Jody Greene and Sharif Youssef, eds., The Hostile Takeover: Human Rights After Corporate Personhood (University of Toronto Press, forthcoming).

Law Review Articles & Essays

Foreword: ClassCrits IX Symposium Issue, 39 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 449 (2017)

Legal Education as Training for Hierarchy in 2015, 10 Unbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left 91 (2015)

The Jargon of Corruption, 43 Sw. L. Rev. 591 (2014)

Leasing Sovereignty: on State Infrastructure Contracts, 47 U. Rich. L. Rev. 631 (2013)

Privatization and the Market Frame, 60 Buff. L. Rev. 493 (2012)

Retroactivity and the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009, 86 Ind. L.J. 257 (2011)


Davis M. Rabban, American Legal Thought and the Transatlantic Turn to History, Law, Culture and the Humanities, 2014 (peer reviewed)

Other Articles

Sincerity and Reflexive Satire in Anthony Trollope’s The Struggles of Brown, Jones and Robinson, Victorian Literature and Culture 43.1 (2015) (peer-reviewed humanities journal)

Liberalism and Accountability in David Copperfield, English Literary History 70.1 (2003): 171-195 (peer-reviewed humanities journal)

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