Hon. Joshua D. Wright

Commissioner, United States Federal Trade Commission

Joshua D. Wright was sworn in as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission on January 11, 2013, to a term that expires in September 2019.

Prior to joining the Commission, Wright was a professor at George Mason University School of Law and held a courtesy appointment in the Department of Economics.  Wright is a leading scholar in antitrust law,  economics, and consumer protection and has published more than 60 articles and book chapters, co-authored a leading casebook, and edited several book volumes focusing on these issues.  Wright also served as Co-Editor of the Supreme Court Economic Review and a Senior Editor of the Antitrust Law Journal

Wright previously served the Commission in the Bureau of Competition as its inaugural Scholar-in-Residence from 2007 to 2008, where he focused on enforcement matters and competition policy.  Wright’s return to the Commission marks his fourth stint at the agency, after having served as an intern in both the Bureau of Economics and Bureau of Competition in 1997 and 1998, respectively.

Wright received his J.D. from UCLA in 2002, his Ph.D. in economics from UCLA in 2003, and graduated with honors from the University of California, San Diego in 1998.  He is a member of the California Bar.

Before his tenure at George Mason University School of Law, Wright clerked for Judge James V. Selna of the United States District Court for the Central District of California and taught at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Public Policy.

Wright was born and raised in San Diego, California.

  • B.A., University of California, San Diego
  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

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Publications and Multimedia
The FTC and FCC: Regulatory Overlap - Podcast
Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group Podcast
May 15, 2015
The Regulatory Reach of the FTC, and its International Implications - Event Audio/Video
Patents and Innovation: Addressing Current Issues
December 04, 2014
2014 Paul M. Bator Award Presentation - Event Audio/Video
2014 Annual Student Symposium
March 25, 2014
Intellectual Property, Free Markets and Competition Policy - Event Audio/Video
2013 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2013
Is Government a Friend or Foe of Innovation? - Event Audio/Video
First Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
June 13, 2013
The FTC and the Internet - Event Audio/Video
New York City Lawyers Chapter
January 18, 2011
Expanding FTC’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Authority
New Federal Initiatives Project
May 26, 2010
Reverse Payment Settlements and Upcoming Congressional Action
New Federal Initiatives Project
August 20, 2009
Antitrust Pricing War: Congress v. the Court
New Federal Initiatives Project
June 19, 2009