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Lina Khan

Director of Legal Policy

Lina Khan is Director of Legal Policy with the Open Markets Institute. She researches antitrust law and competition policy and identifies potential legal reforms.

Khan’s work has been published by the Yale Law Journal and the Harvard Law & Policy Review, as well as by the New York Times, Politico, and Washington Post. Her piece “Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox” won the Yale Law Journal’s Michael Egger Prize and the Yale Law School’s Israel H. Peres Prize. Her antitrust work has been cited by The Atlantic, Bloomberg, The Economist, Financial Times, and Wall Street Journal, and she has appeared on C-SPAN, NPR, and Fox Business News.

From 2015-2017 Khan litigated on behalf of homeowners against financial institutions through Yale’s Mortgage Foreclosure Litigation Clinic, and spent summers litigating at Gupta Wessler PLLC, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She received a B.A. magna cum laude from Williams College and a J.D. from Yale Law School.


Latest Work


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New York Times: Amazon vs. Barnes & Noble

Date Published: May 7, 2018

David Leonhardt recommended Lina Khan’s Yale Law Review article, 2017 Times op-ed, and Open Market Institute’s letter on Amazon’s business practices in his article about “the growing power of gigantic technology firms like Amazon” and “the larger problems that Big Tech behemoths are causing.”

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Axios: The Coming Earthquake

Date Published: January 27, 2018

Amazon, Khan told me, should be viewed “as an infrastructure company.” And as a group, big tech “are utilities on which other companies depend,” equating to the 19th century railroads, which their owners exploited to outsized profit advantage because they could.

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Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox

Date Published: January 2, 2017

Amazon is the titan of twenty-first century commerce. In addition to being a retailer, it is now a marketing platform, a delivery and logistics network, a payment service, a credit lender, an auction house, a major book publisher, a producer of television and films, a fashion designer, a hardware manufacturer, and a leading host of cloud server space. Although Amazon has clocked staggering growth, it generates meager profits, choosing to price below-cost and expand widely instead.

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