Stephanie Didwania

Assistant Professor of Law


Ph.D., Northwestern University
J.D., University of Chicago
B.S., University of Chicago


Professor Stephanie Holmes Didwania is a quantitative empirical scholar who studies the criminal legal system. She is primarily interested in understanding how prosecutors exercise discretion in criminal cases and in pretrial detention. In addition to studying the criminal system, Professor Didwania has also written on the economics of intellectual property and innovation in the music industry. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the American Law and Economics Review, the Journal of Law and Economics, the Journal of Legal Studies, and the Northwestern University Law Review. She teaches courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, and empirical analysis.

After growing up in the Chicago area, Professor Didwania received her B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Chicago, where she also received her J.D. She received her Ph.D. in Managerial Economics and Strategy from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Before joining the faculty at Wisconsin, Professor Didwania was an Assistant Professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law, a Harry A. Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, a law clerk for Judge Richard A. Paez of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and a Visiting Scholar with the American Bar Foundation.

Scholarship & Publications


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  • Stephanie Didwania presented "Charging Leniency and Federal Sentences" during a University of Toronto Law and Economics Workshop Jan. 31, 2023.

  • Stephanie Didwania presented the working paper "The Mass Prosecution of White-Collar Crime" during the La Follette School of Public Affairs Seminar Series on Oct. 12, 2022.

  • Stephanie Didwania presented a draft of a working paper titled "The Mass Prosecution of White-Collar Crime" during the Chicagoland Junior Scholars Conference on Sept. 30, 2022. The event was hosted by the Northern Illinois University College of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. 

  • Stephanie Didwania presented "Charging Leniency and Federal Sentences" during a Law, Economics, and Society Seminar on March 10, 2022.

  • Stephanie Didwania presented "Progressive Prosecutors and Mass Incarceration" during the Oklahoma Law Review Symposium on Ending Mass Incarceration: Philosophy, Practice, and Policy on Feb. 4, 2022. 

  • Stephanie Didwania presented "Mandatory Minimums and Federal Sentences" during the Soshnick Colloquium on Law and Economics at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law on Jan. 27, 2022, and during the Boston University Law and Economics Seminar on Feb. 2, 2022.

  • Stephanie Didwania presented "Mandatory Minimums and Federal Sentences" during the Annual Meeting of the American Law and Economics Association on Oct. 22, 2021, the University of Minnesota Faculty Works-In-Progress Series on Nov. 18, 2021, and the University of Texas Law and Economics Colloquium on Nov. 23, 2021.

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