Professor of Law in Residence
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 321
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
Ph.D. 1977, Michigan State University; M.B.A. 1970, Seton Hall University; B.A. 1967, Pennsylvania State University
Law and Economics
With a bachelor's degree in economics, a master's degree in business administration, and a doctorate in resource development, Professor Mercuro brings a wealth of education and experience to his position at MSU College of Law. He has served on the economics and finance faculty at the University of New Orleans, where he also served as the Associate Dean of the Division of International Education. For eight years he was also a member of the adjunct faculty of Tulane Law School where he taught Law and Economics.
He has extensive international experience as well. In 1987, Dr. Bruno Kreisky, Chancellor of Austria, named Professor Mercuro to the Kreisky Commission on Employment Issues in Europe. He was a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Economic Theory at the University of Vienna; he taught and engaged in research at the Free University of Berlin as a Fulbright Scholar. More recently, Professor Mercuro served as a Guest Professor at Institutions et Dynamiques Historiques de l'Economie, Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan, France. Not long thereafter, he was on sabbatical at Université de Droit, d'Economie et des Sciences d'Aix Marseille, Faculté d'Economie Appliquée, Aix en Provence, France.
In 1997, Professor Mercuro accepted a university-wide professorship at Michigan State University; in 2002 was named Professor of Law in Residence at MSU College of Law. He is the founder and is the co-series editor of a book series - The Economics of Legal Relationships, now sponsored by the MSU College of Law. Most recently, he joined the faculty of James Madison College. He has taught courses throughout the university in addition to designing two international summer programs - one in Law and Economics in London; the other, the Opera, Art and Language program in Bregenz, Austria. He has organized several art exhibitions at the law school; he initiated the four Analytical Methods for Lawyers courses for the law college in 2005; and he regularly teaches the Law and Economics seminar at MSU Law.