Abbey Stemler is an assistant professor in the Department of Business Law and Ethics at the Kelley School of Business. She is a leading scholar on the sharing economy and her research broadly explores the interesting spaces where law has yet to catch up with technology. In particular, her aim is to expose the evolving realities of Internet-based innovations and find ways to effectively regulate them without hindering their beneficial uses. As she sees it, many modern firms inhabit a world that operates under alien physics—where free is often costly and “smart” is not always better. She therefore employs tools and insights from economics, behavioral science, regulatory theory, and rhetoric to understand how we, as a society, can better protect consumers, privacy, and democracy.
Professor Stemler is also a practicing attorney, consultant, entrepreneur, and avid traveler.