John Infranca

Professor of Law and Director of Faculty Scholarship & Research

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Professor Infranca is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he received his B.A. in the Program of Liberal Studies and later returned for an M.T.S. in Moral Theology, and of New York University School of Law, where he served as an editor of the New York University Law Review.

Following law school, Professor Infranca served as a law clerk to Judge Berle Schiller, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Judge Julio Fuentes, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Infranca worked as a legal fellow at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, where he focused on land use regulation and affordable housing policy. He also taught as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. After college and during graduate school, Professor Infranca worked with a number of homeless services organizations, as a case manager for refugees, and as the director of a service-learning program in Mexico.

Professor Infranca's scholarship focuses on land use regulation, affordable housing policy, property theory, and law and religion. His scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Boston College Law Review, Florida Law Review, Richmond Law Review, Pepperdine Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, Yale Law & Policy Review, and Stanford Law & Policy Review. His article Differentiating Exclusionary Tendencies was selected for presentation at the 2020 Stanford/Harvard/Yale Junior Faculty Forum. The New State Zoning: Land Use Preemption amid a Housing Crisis was selected by the Land Use & Environmental Law Review as one of the three best land use articles of the year. An earlier edition of the Land Use & Environmental Law Review selected his article The Sharing Economy as an Urban Phenomenon as one of the four best land use articles of that year.

Professor Infranca is also a co-editor of The Cambridge Handbook of the Law of the Sharing Economy and of the forthcoming Elgar Research Agenda for Land Use and Planning Law. He is the lead researcher for the Massachusetts Zoning Atlas. His current research projects examine the legal and intellectual history of single-family zoning districts, land use and other regulatory barriers to the development of new forms of housing, the relationship between land use processes and the rule of law, Catholic Social Teaching and various urban law and policy issues, and topics at the intersection of religious liberty and property. Professor Infranca will serve as a Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School in Spring 2024.


  • BA, University of Notre Dame
  • MTS, University of Notre Dame
  • JD, New York University




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  • NY
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
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Courses Taught

  • Property
  • Land Use Law
  • Religion and the Law
  • Boston: Urban Law and Policy
  • Election Law

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