Associate Professor of Law



  • Office: 120 Tremont St.,
  • Suite: 320-D
  • Phone: 617-573-8351
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  • BA, MTS, University of Notre Dame
  • JD, New York University

Bar Admittance

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


  • Property
  • Religion and the Law
  • Boston: Urban Law and Policy
  • Election Law
  • Real Estate and Land Use Litigation
  • Land Use Law
  • Constitutional Justice in School


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 current research projects examine land use and other regulatory barriers to the development of new forms of housing, the implications of the sharing economy for urban law and policy, and issues at the intersection of religious liberty and property.   





CAMBRIDGE HANDBOOK ON THE LAW OF THE SHARING ECONOMY (editor, with Nestor Davidson & Michele Finck) (forthcoming 2018, Cambridge University Press). 


The New State Zoning: Land Use Preemption amid a Housing Crisis, 60 B.C. L. REV. (forthcoming, 2019).

(Communal) Life, (Religious) Liberty, and Property, 2017 MICH. ST. L. REV. 481 (2017).

The Sharing Economy as an Urban Phenomenon (with Nestor Davidson), 34 YALE L. & POL Y REV. 215 (2016). 

Intermediary Institutions and the Sharing Economy, 90 TULANE. L. REV. ONLINE 29 (2016) (solicited response). 

Spaces for Sharing: Micro Units amid the Shift from Ownership to Access, 43 FORDHAM URB. L.J. (2016). (Symposium: Sharing Economy, Sharing City). 

Housing Resource Bundles: Distributive Justice and Federal Low-Income Housing Policy, 49 U. RICH. L. REV. 1071 (2015). 

Housing Changing Households, 25 STAN. L. & POL'Y REV. 53 (2014), reprinted in 2015 ZONING AND PLANNING LAW HANDBOOK (2015) (Patricia E. Salkin, editor).

Institutional Free Exercise and Religious Land Uses, 34 CARDOZO L. REV. 1693 (2013) , reprinted in 2014 ZONING AND PLANNING LAW HANDBOOK (2014) (Patricia E. Salkin, editor)

Transferable Development Rights Programs as Post Zoning, 78 BROOK. L. REV. 435 (2013) (with Vicki Been).

Safer than the Mattress? Protecting Social Security Benefits from Bank Freezes and Garnishments, 83 ST. JOHN 'S L. REV. 1127 (2009)

The Earned Income Tax Credit as an Incentive to Report: Engaging the Informal Economy through Tax Policy, 83 N.Y.U.L. REV. 203 (2008)

Book Chapters

The Place of the Sharing Economy, in THE CAMBRIDGE HANDBOOK ON THE LAW OF THE SHARING ECONOMY (with Nestor Davidson) (Nestor Davidson, John Infranca & Mich le Finck, eds.) (forthcoming 2018).

Other Publications

The Sharing Economy and the Upside of Disrupting Local Governance, HARV. L. REV. BLOG (Nov. 21, 2017) (with Nestor M. Davidson). 

Citybnb: Has the Time Come for Homegrown Alternatives to Short-Term Rental Platforms , HARV. L. REV. BLOG (May 29, 2018). 

Selected Media Appearances

Southern California Public Radio, Micro-living in LA: Could you live in less than 400 sq. feet (March 14, 2016)

The Christian Science Monitor, Micro-housing: A Hip Urban Trend or Economic Necessity (July 16, 2015)

Washington Post Wonkblog, The Rise of Singles will Change How We Live in Cities (April 21, 2015).

Marketplace (National Public Radio), Micro-unit Apartments: Tiny and Booming (Aug. 29, 2014)

Wall Street Journal, Cities Try to Lure Young Professionals with Cheap Micro Units (December 20, 2013)

PBS NewsHour, Living Micro: Single Residents Embrace Tiny Apartments (December 17, 2013)