Stanford Law School Professor Richard Thompson Ford teaches and writes about law, equality, social justice and urban life. He studies the relationship between legal ideals and everyday life: how legal rights change individual identity and group solidarity, how public policy shapes bodies and fashion, how legal rules affect cities and architecture. His scholarship combines social criticism, history and jurisprudence and he writes for both popular readers and for academic and legal specialists.
His other interests include Neapolitan tailoring, high modernist architecture, mid 20th century jazz, pre-prohibition cocktails, Parisian New Wave cinema and detective fiction. He is currently working on a book about dress codes.