Professor Austin teaches in the areas of bankruptcy and commercial law. He has written articles on consumer and business bankruptcy, as well as two books, Graduating with Debt: Student Loans Under the Bankruptcy Code and Reaffirmation Agreements in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases. He is working on his third book, Fundamentals of Business Bankruptcy, to be published by Wolters Kluwer. In addition, he served as a contributing editor to Norton’s Bankruptcy Law and Practice (third edition), and as a contributing author to Newberg on Class Action (third edition). He is a frequent speaker on bankruptcy law at national and international conferences.

Professor Austin’s research interests include the metrics and effectiveness of bankruptcy, as well as constitutional and jurisdictional issues in bankruptcy law. In addition to his legal background, Professor Austin holds a PhD in political science, a subject he has taught at the college level. Prior to joining the law faculty in 2009, Professor Austin worked for 16 years as a bankruptcy and commercial law attorney, representing a range of clients from individuals to Fortune 500 corporations.

Fields of Expertise

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor's Rights
  • Commercial Law

Selected Works


Selected Articles

Selected Chapters

“Digital Electronic Data” in Norton's Bankruptcy Law and Practice (Thompson West) (with Jack Seward)

Selected Commentary