Georgette Phillips, J.D. is the Kevin L. and Lisa A. Clayton Dean of the College of Business and Economics


Bryn Mawr College, A.B.
Harvard Law School, J.D.

Research Interests

Real Estate Law
Urban and Regional Planning

Georgette Chapman Phillips was appointed the Kevin L. and Lisa A. Clayton Dean of the College of Business and Economics in July 2014. She is a professor in both the Perella Department of Finance in the College of Business and Economics and in the Africana Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dean Phillips is an internationally recognized scholar who has garnered many honors and teaching awards. Her research and teaching is focused on the intersection of law, economics and public policy within in the context of the built environment. Dean Phillips is published in the areas of urban and regional planning, local government law, real estate and housing.

Dean Phillips holds a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College, where she currently serves on the Board of Trustees.


Selected Papers

  • Zombie Cities: Population Decline and the Urban Form, 11 Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy 703 (2014)
  • An Urban Slice of Apple Pie: Rethinking Homeownership in US Cities, 24 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy 187 (2010) Symposium on Urban Development in the 21st Century
  • The Jumbled Alphabet Soup of the Collapsed Home Mortgage Market: ABCP, CDOs, CDSs and RMBS, 18 Miami Business Law Journal 141 (2010)
  • Boundaries of Exclusion, 72 University of Missouri Law Review 1287 (2007) Symposium in honor of Dale Whitman
  • Dequity: Capital Structure in Securitized Real Estate Financing 2 Berkeley Business Law Journal 233 (2005).
  • The Emerging Secondary Mortgage Market in Latin America, 34 George Washington International Law Review 257 (2002) (with W. Vargas)
  • Subordinated Rolling Equity: Analyzing Real Estate Loan Defaults in the Era of Securitization, 50 Emory Law Journal 519 (2001)
  • Light, Air or Manhattanization? Communal Aesthetics in Zoning Central City Real Estate Development, 78 Boston University Law Review 101 (1998)
  • Collective Individualism: Deconstructing the Legal City, 145 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 607 (1997)   
  • Toward a Legal Framework of Regional Redistribution of Poverty Related Expenses, 47 Washington University Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law 1 (1995)

Book Chapters

  • Losing My Religion: Church Condo Conversions and Neighborhood Change, in Evidence and Innovation in Housing Law and Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2017)
  • Black, Brown and Green: The Persistent Effect of Race in Home Mortgage Lending, in Race and Real Estate (Oxford University Press 2015)
  • Idolatry of Land, Current Legal Issues (Oxford University Press vol. 5) (2003)