Bill Novak is the Charles F. and Edith J. Clyne Professor of Law at the University Michigan. He teaches in the fields of legal history, legislation, and regulation, and his research interests focus on the history of the modern American regulatory state. He is the author The People's Welfare: Law and Regulation in Nineteenth-Century America
(1996) and coeditor of The Democratic Experiment
with Meg Jacobs and Julian Zelizer (2003). Most recently, he coedited a volume on the Boundaries of the State in U.S. History
with Jim Sparrow and Steve Sawyer (2015), in addition The Corporation and American Democracy
with Naomi Lamoreaux. He continues to work on his own monographic research project, "The Creation of the Modern American State."